Acts of Kindness
8-year-old green thumb starts his own gardening business to help struggling mom pay the bills
D.G. Sciortino
06.07.22

We live in the second richest country in the world where CEOs in the top 350 firms in the U.S. make more than 351 times more than the typical worker.

Yet, 8-year-old Aaron Moreno and his family live in a shed in East L.A.

This child had to start a business in order to be able to move his family into an apartment and help reunite his sister with his family.

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“I feel happier because we don’t have to struggle as much as before,” Aaron told ABC 7. “I’m happy because I can help my mom.”

Aaron started Aaron’s Garden in June selling plants to help pay the bills after his mom lost her job because of the pandemic. Meanwhile, CEO compensation at the top 350 firms grew 18.9% to an average of $24.2 million.

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Aaron was living in a small space at their relative’s house.

His sister Ayleen had to be sent to Mexico to live with her grandparents in Mexico in 2018 since Aaron’s mom couldn’t afford to keep her with them.

“I want Ayleen to come back,” Aaron told NBC Los Angeles.

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He’s often pointing at overhead flying planes explaining that this is how his sister will arrive now that he’s saved up money to bring her home.

It might be one of the reasons his favorite plant is the money tree, along with aloe.

“I never thought we would accomplish and come this far…we couldn’t believe that we got a house,” said Pacheco. “I admire him for everything he has been able to do that I haven’t as a mom.”

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Pacheco has since been able to find part-time work which, along with funds from a GoFundMe page, was able to purchase furniture for their new home as well as a car.

Aaron and his mother previously took a bus to downtown Los Angeles to buy plants in bulk and resell them in other parts of the city.

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“I feel happy because now we could go places,” said Aaron.

Aaron’s Garden’s success can also be attributed to its growing social media presence.

“We started selling last week. We ran out of plants, and we hope they will run out again, and people will continue to support us,” Aaron’s mom Berenice Pacheco said.

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“People support us by buying plants, following us, leaving us good comments, and they tell us nice things to keep moving forward. It’s what we need.”

Aaron’s sister Ayleen has since been able to be reunited with the family.

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“I’m just so proud of my brother because he was the one who got me back,” said Ayleen Pacheco, Moreno’s sister.

Aaron’s Garden is also looking to expand.

The family plans to remodel their new home in order to make space for Aaron’s Garden’s outpost.

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“I think the best thing for me well, everything has been the best, but is that Aaron got to reunite us with his older sister with the money he received,” said Pacheco. “And he’s just been doing everything for us. And he’s like the man of the house.”

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By D.G. Sciortino
hi@sbly.com
D.G. is a contributing writer in Shareably. She's based in Connecticut and can be reached at hi@shareably.net.
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