12-Year-Old Boy Succeeded In Raising Over $2,500 To Pay For His Late Best Friend's Gravestone
December 14, 2018 15:44 By Mambee
Sadly, KJ passed away a few months ago as a result of congestive heart failure after battling leukemia since he was a baby. When Kaleb heard that his best friend's family could not afford a headstone for KJ's grave, he knew he had to do something to help.
Kaleb's mom, Kristy Hall, said that it was at that point that her son began to hint at what was on his mind. He started asking his mom how much a headstone cost and then began working odd jobs to raise the money.
Kaleb would collect soda bottles, as many as he could get, and then exchange them for recycling deposits. His mother helped him set up a PayPal account so people could donate to Kaleb's goal of raising $2,500 for his friend's headstone.
Donations poured in quickly. Kaleb and his mom were able to hand over $900 for the headstone. KJ's mother was overwhelmed:
I cried because it was unexpected. I cried because I'm trying to figure out things from day to day. I can see his final resting place. I have a place I can go and be with him.
The donations kept on coming in and they were able to eventually raise a total of $2,500 which Hall and her son fully intend to give KJ's mom.
LaShondra told Detroit News that Kaleb and his mother have been helping her deal with losing her son. She described them as "amazing people."
In a world where there is a lot of divisiveness, LaShondra believes that stories like this prove that friendship transcends race and that there are still wonderful and selfless people out there. She was glad her son had such a wonderful friend.