8-Year-Old Boy’s Plant Business Helps His Family Move From Shed to Apartment Amid Pandemic

by Emily Morgan

One family will definitely have a reason to be thankful for this year’s Thanksgiving, thanks to one hard-working eight-year-old’s plant business.

Aaron Moreno of East Los Angeles started his own small business selling plants after his single mom, Bernice Pacheco, lost her job earlier this year in June due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Friends of the Moreno family set up a GoFundMe page to help Moreno with his business. According to the page, the family lived in a shed and only had $12 to their name. Since June, the page has helped the family raise more than $37,075. The original goal was $1000, so generous donations definitely helped them far surpass that benchmark.

Since then, Aaron’s thriving business has been nothing short of successful. With the help of the GoFundMe page and Pacheco’s part-time job, the family bought a car and moved from a shed into an apartment. 

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

What the Plant Business’ Success is Allowing the Family to Do

Pacheco couldn’t be more proud of her son, saying, “I never thought we would accomplish and come this far… we couldn’t believe that we got a house.” 

The boy’s mother continues by adding, “I admire him for everything he has been able to do that I haven’t as a mom.” 

The best news of all? The money raised will afford the family the opportunity to bring Moreno’s ten-year-old sister, Ayleen Pacheco, back from Mexico. Since 2018, Pacheco was living with her grandparents due to the family’s financial hardship. 

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

As for Aaron’s Garden, Moreno intends to keep planting and growing. Furthermore, the family plans on remodeling their new garage to help Moreno continue to expand his plant business.