Man helps kids who were cruelly mocked online for swimming in the back of a pickup truck

Ksenia Novikova
Jun 29, 2018
10:35 A.M.
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Texas resident Todd Arredondo helped raise $10K for families, children, who were mocked for swimming in makeshift pools.


Todd Arredondo, a resident of San Antonio, TX, was shocked when he came across a photo of children using the back of a pickup truck as a makeshift swimming pool.

The photo went viral because the children were using a tarp sheet in the truck bed and using it as a pool. Deeply saddened, he decided to help them by starting an organization called Pools for Kids

Todd, who runs an urban mining company, was particularly moved when he saw that people were making many negative and hurtful comments about the family depicted in the picture.

The comments seemed to blame the parents for being lazy and 'raising their children to love being poor'


He looked up the family, located their address and bought them an inflatable pool and delivered it to their house. 

In an interview with Inside Edition, Todd said that it was gratifying to see the smiles on the children's faces. The word about Todd's generosity got out, and he subsequently started a Non-Profit called Pools for Kids.

He went started a fundraising campaign to help raise money to donate these pools. Todd still pays for some of the costs from his pocket. 


Todd spoke about a man who bought him a water-balloon as a child when his family couldn't afford one. He said that he never forgot that moment.

He claimed that children never forget such episodes and it shapes their futures. Read similar heartwarming and memorable stories on our Twitter account @amomama_usa.

So far, Todd has purchased 51 pools and helped more than 24 families. He believes that being kind is self-rewarding. His mission has already garnered 2,000 likes on Facebook and has raised over $10,000 on GoFundMe


Todd, who calls himself the 'black-bearded Santa Claus' finds families in need of a summer treat from the Facebook Campaign page. The users either tell him about their situation or point him in the direction of a family in need. 

His original goal was to help five families, but that has now turned into 250 families. Todd said that his mantra was to live simply, so others could simply live.