JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Aaron is just a little fella. He wears a size five. At least he should.
But his family, like many others, struggle in this economy. So principal Julie Hudson at Merrill Road Elementary was concerned to see Aaron coming to school in his big brother's clothes.
His big brother is a teenager. The clothes were huge on Aaron.
Hudson put out a wish for some heroes through our new Hero Central program.
Folks from all over the community responded with generosity.
In fact, someone who wanted to remain anonymous mailed anchor Jeannie Blaylock a box. It contained jeans and two football jerseys just the right size for Aaron.
The cool part? You have to watch Aaron's reaction when his principal helps him put on his new football jersey--in his size--at school.
And there's more. The donor sent two jerseys.
And guess what?
Aaron did not want to keep them both.
Right away he said he wanted to give the second jersey to his older brother.
Heroes also sent the school much-needed supplies, such as notebooks, blue jeans, tennis shoes, diapers, hand sanitizers, folders and kleenax.
"It's amazing," Hudson said looking at a room piled with supplies.
Tracie West, whose husband is on the U.S.S. McInerney, rallied other navy wives from the ship's family to donate. They brought crayons and all sorts of supplies.
West said she saw the Hero Central story on First Coast News and wanted to help.
Now she says her frigate family will continue to help Merrill Road Elementary.
That's what Hero Central is all about. We are trying to connect people in our community.
We're working with United Way on Hero Central. United Way has a list of full-service schools which also need supplies donated.
If you can be a hero just click on Hero Central and put your name in the Hero Box.
First Coast News