Woodland Park, New Jersey (March 2, 2022) – Young local humane hero, Jayden Perez, is featured in the March/April 2022 issue of Kind News magazine, a children’s magazine published by RedRover, a national animal welfare nonprofit.
Jayden’s kindness mission started when he was only eight years old. Watching the news, he saw the devastating effects Puerto Rico suffered from Hurricane Maria. He knew he wanted to help, so he started a toy drive in the hopes of donating 100 toys to the children in need.
The toy drive was even more successful than he hoped: More than 1,100 toys later, Jayden and his family were on their way to Puerto Rico to hand-deliver the toys.
Jayden said, “Everyone coming together and wanting to spread kindness was amazing! I loved seeing all of the joy on people’s faces when I delivered the toys.”
While there, his heart broke for all of the homeless animals he saw. So he vowed that on his next birthday he would create a food drive for the homeless dogs, cats, and roosters on the island.
At just 10 years old, Jayden founded the 501c3 nonprofit organization “From the Bottom of my Heart” to help people and pets in need. Every year on his birthday (March 5), in lieu of asking for presents, he chooses a shelter in need and launches a fundraising drive.
This year, for his 12th birthday, Jayden has chosen Montclair Township Animal Shelter as his birthday beneficiary – and he will drop off pet food donations on the day of his birthday, Saturday, March 5.
Date: Saturday, March 5
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Location: 77 Willow Street, Montclair, NJ 07042
“Being kind is the right thing to do; being kind is the best thing to do,” Jayden said.
Since starting his kindness journey years ago, Jayden estimates that he has helped more than 1,500 animals and thousands of people through his toy, clothes, and blanket drives. He recently made the Top 20 finalists for Nickelodeon and TIME’s “2022 Kids of the Year” contest!
“We are excited to highlight the selfless work that Jayden has done to help so many,” said RedRover President and CEO Nicole Forsyth. “We hope his work inspires other young people to help others, including furry, feathered, and scaled friends, and to continue to spread kindness.”
Kind News uses articles and short features to highlight issues affecting animals and provides tips for understanding animal behavior and caring for pets. Each issue features a young Humane Hero, game or activity, MUTTS comic strip, Critter Clues, and much more.
Do you know a child who goes above and beyond to show kindness towards animals? Submit a kindness story for a chance for them to be featured on RedRover’s social media and potentially be chosen as a Humane Hero: kindnews.org/shareyourstory.
To learn more about Kind News and view Jayden’s feature, visit KindNews.org.
To donate to Jayden’s nonprofit, visit fromthebottomofmyheart.org or follow him on Instagram and Facebook.
About Kind News:
Kind News magazine™ is an eight-page, full-color RedRover publication that inspires kids to be curious, helpful, and kind to people and animals around them. The publication is available in two reading versions: Kind News,Jr. for grades K-2 and Kind News for grades 3-6, and is distributed five times throughout the school year. The magazine is available in print or as an interactive, digital edition. To learn more, visit KindNews.org.