Hamilton boy’s charity results in Reds tickets for 120 kids, seniors

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Logan Pickett, 12, (left) talks about his effort to take local kids and nursing home residents to a Reds game. Texas Roadhouse Manager Joe Saliba donated peanuts and parking money for the trip.

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A Hamilton student’s acts of kindness recently earned him and 120 people the chance to see the Cincinnati Reds play.

Bridgeport Elementary School student Logan Pickett, 12, is a veteran human rights activist. Since the ripe old age of 6, he’s been raising money and working to provide for those who are less fortunate.

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Logan recently received 100 Reds game tickets to distribute to those who would not typically have a chance to attend a major league game.

“He wanted to make sure that kids from the Hamilton Dream Center had a chance to go see a game,” his grandmother, Linda Pickett said.

Logan, who is also a Boy Scout, didn’t stop there.

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He contacted the Reds and received an additional 20 tickets to take some of the residents at the Woodlands of Hamilton, an assisted living center.

“He really doesn’t like or want the attention, but just likes helping people,” Linda Pickett said.

After tornadoes swept through the area in 2012, Logan, then a kindergartner, emptied his four piggy banks — totaling $106.20 — and purchased toiletry items and candy for those impacted by the storms.

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Pastor Wendell Coning of the Dream Center, which helps disadvantage people in the city, called Logan’s effort “wonderful” and said the trip, which is today to Great American Ballpark, will mean a lot for the children that are going.

“These are kids that have never been to a Reds game,” Coning said. “Most of them may not have been outside of Hamilton.”

In addition to transportation being donated to get the kids to the game, Texas Roadhouse on Main Street has donated peanuts and bottled water and will pay for the buses to park in downtown Cincinnati.

“It is an extraordinary thing that he has got involved with,” Joe Saliba, the general manager of Texas Roadhouse in Hamilton, said. “It was something we wanted to get involved with. Most kids his age are swimming at the pool and Logan is trying to help 100 people. It is an awesome thing.”

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Today’s event will mark an exciting week for Logan. He celebrated his 12th birthday Saturday and on Monday, he became a big brother.

“I like helping people,” Logan said as he loaded up the peanuts for the trip. “It’s going to be fun.”

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