Woodland Park fifth grader Jayden Perez, founder of the non-profit charity From The Bottom of My Heart, was concerned that many of his friends and students did not have hand sanitizer because stores were all sold out.
The 11-year-old decided to donate 1,000 hand spray sanitizers to the Woodland Park School District. He also donated sanitizers to the Alfred Baumann Public Library, the West Paterson Fire Department and Woodland Park Police Department. He loves his community, wants to keep it safe and clean, and wants everyone to be safe.
Jayden first started his charitable endeavors at 8-years-old with a Christmas toy drive for children in Puerto Rico, followed by helping people and animals in Puerto Rico and Florida affected by hurricanes. He has given motivational speeches on anti-bullying, served as a Kid Box ambassador, and he and his mother Ana Rosado were named “Hometown Heroes” by the Alfred Baumann Library last year.
Last summer, he worked to collect donations to fill 400 backpacks full of supplies to local students in need. He also appeared on the Kelly Clarkson Show last October, where his good work was not only spotlighted on a national stage, but rewarded.
Clarkson surprised Jayden with a donation of $10,000 worth of toys from SpinMaster, an all-expense paid trip to Legoland Florida and a personally cooked dinner by chef Bobby Flay at one of his New York restaurants. Clarkson told Jayden she hopes he becomes a politician someday because, “we need people like you.”
Jayden also recently appeared on “The Dr. Oz Show.” Show producers had called Jayden and wanted to speak to him about how he helps the community and others in such a time of crisis. For the segment, Jayden and his mom Ana Rosado spoke with Dr. Mehmet Oz about how he wanted to difference in his school and community by giving out hand sanitizers and what people that are looking to help do if they don’t know where to start.