Jordan Hinnant said it all started when a boy in his fifth-grade class was getting teased by other children last year because he did not have new clothes.
“All the popular kids, the ones with nice clothes, were picking on him a lot, because he had old clothes from a long time ago,” said 11-year-old Jordan. “I knew it made him feel bad.”
Jordan told his mother, Chandra Foster, that he wanted to help the boy, who said his parents couldn’t afford new clothes for him. Foster said she bought new clothes and gave them to the boy anonymously through a school guidance counselor.
Jordan said the boy was happy to have new clothes.
But that was just the start. Jordan, a rising sixth-grade student at Saluda Trail Middle School, told his parents he wanted to do more. He wanted to help other children.
“I realized how lucky I was to have the stuff I have, and I wanted other kids to have it too,” Jordan said.
The result was the Jordan Hinnant Foundation LLC, which is collecting new and gently used book bags, clothing, shoes and school supplies for needy children.
Foster and Jordan’s father, Antwaun Hinnant, have both helped him get the project off the ground. Foster said she is in the process of submitting the paperwork to have Jordan’s foundation be a registered nonprofit organization.
The foundation plans a donation event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6 at Confederate Park in Rock Hill, where they will collect new and gently used book bags, clothing, shoes and school supplies for children.
Jordan and his parents said they plan to walk around some Rock Hill neighborhoods and distribute the donated items to families who need them.
“I actually think it’s really exciting,” said Foster, who does marketing for State Farm Insurance. “I’m a little overwhelmed with his generosity to the community.”
Antwaun Hinnant, a pipe fitter who works at the Catawba Nuclear Station, said he had some experience growing up with not having things he wanted. He is proud of his son’s goals.
“The average 11-year-old doesn’t think too much about the next person,” Hinnant said. “This is all him. It wasn’t his mother’s idea. It wasn’t my idea. It was something he came up with.”
Hinnant and Foster have begun promoting Jordan’s foundation and the collection event on their Facebook pages. Jordan said some clothing donations have already been received from one of the coaches at Saluda Trail Middle.
Foster said her son has grown up a lot in the past few years. He had some struggles in school at one time, she said, but has now become a very good student.
He was president of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Oakdale Elementary School and served on the school safety patrol and in the robotics and book clubs, she said.
“He has a heart for kids,” she said. “He is just trying to get the word out about that.”
Jennifer Becknell: 803-329-4077
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Jordan Hinnant, a rising sixth-grade student at Saluda Trail Middle School, has created the Jordan Hinnant Foundation LLC to collect book bags, clothing and other items for needy children. A collection event will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturdray, Aug. 6 at Confederate Park, Rock Hill.
For more information, or to make a donation, check the public posts of Jordan’s parents, who have Facebook pages named Antwaun Hinnant and Chandra Elise, or call Antwaun at 803-448-4821 or Chandra at 803-818-7265.