Northern Indiana teen donates bonus check to grant program for needy families

Eric Wentz, 19, bought more than 200 items to give

ANGOLA, Ind. - A northern Indiana teen is paying it forward.

Erik Wentz, 19, of Angola works in retail at a big-box store and was told that if he worked hard for a year, he'd get a bonus check.

Wentz's check came, but instead of keeping it for himself, he gave it to his local Women, Infants, and Children program , a federal grant program that provides nutrition and health services to needy families.

"My family had always benefited from WIC, and still continues to. I had always thought once I had the means to take care and help others, I would always go ahead and do that," Wentz told WPTA-TV .

Wentz spent more than $130 of his bonus check to buy baby bottles, children's coats and more -- more than 200 items in all -- to donate to the WIC program in Steuben County.

Wentz said he doesn't want his giving to stop there, and he doesn't want it to stop with him.

"I plan on, at this point every year, continue to give to them and hoping to add on to what I've done, and catch more people to do what I've done and continue giving to the WIC program," Wentz said.

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