A Beye School fourth-grader is making a name for himself around Oak Park because of his fundraising efforts. Aidan Bertocchini, with the help of his mom, Ann Sugg, and many other supporters, raised $1,000 for children’s and adult diapers to be donated to the Oak Park-River Forest Food Pantry.
It may not be food, but three years ago when he started the diaper drive with the help of family members and his piggy bank money, Bertocchini, 10, said he “just knew” how important diapers are to families who have to sometimes make a choice between food and diapers.
Last year, Bertocchini raised enough money to donate 25 packages of diapers. This year his goal was to donate 30 cases, about 3,500 diapers.
“He and I talked about a goal for this year,” Sugg wrote on their indiegogo campaign page, “and we are hoping that we have so many diapers to deliver that we will need more than our car to deliver them.”
Bertocchini and his mom started the “Help Aidan’s Diaper Drive” indiegogo campaign on Dec. 2 with a goal of $500. Within 24 hours, Sugg said, the young fundraiser had met his goal. So they aimed to raise $1,200 by Dec. 12.
Only missing his indiegogo goal by a couple of hundred dollars, Bertocchini successfully raised $1,000 on the crowdfunding site.