Like most boys turning 12, Luke Pound will have cake and cookies at his birthday party Saturday, Oct. 22.

For Luke, though, the desserts serve as inventory.

They'll be part of a bake sale taking place in front of his home on the 400 block of Lambeth Road, in Academy Heights, from 1 to 4 p.m.

Luke will send the proceeds to the Pediatric AIDS Program at the University of Maryland Medical Center Hospital for Children.


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"There's always been something about Luke that truly cares about other people," said Melissa Pound, Luke's mother.

It all started last January in Luke's fifth-grade health class at Westowne Elementary School when he learned about HIV and AIDS.

"When Luke came home from school that day, he honestly looked teary when he told me that children could start out in the world that way," Pound said.

"For some reason, this really touched him, finding out about HIV and children being born with HIV."

Immediately, Luke began saving money to help the cause.

Whatever change he received after buying something, Luke said he would save.

Occasionally, he'd put a dollar bill aside, he added.

Luke didn't count the money regularly, but estimated he saved just under $10 by the end of the summer.

Since announcing that he would hold the bake sale to bolster the effort, he started receiving donations.

As of Oct. 18, he said he had about $90.

"It's amazing how much it's grown," Luke said. "I don't really have much of a goal for this.

"All I want is to sell as much stuff as we can. Hopefully, we'll be shocked at the total outcome."

His mother said Luke has requested that people donate to the Pediatric AIDS Program in lieu of presents.

"Our present to him is helping him with it," his mother said. "We don't expect him to do everything."

Luke has no regrets about not getting toys or video games.

"Everybody who is helping out in any way, they're giving that gift to me," Luke said. "I really like seeing people giving their time and money toward this organization.