Kids Sell Their Toys To Pay For Their Father’s Funeral.
10 stories of kids who felt like they had to sell their toys for personal reasons.
1. Just 10 days before Christmas, a family of young girls put all their toys, even their favorite ones, for sale online. They did this to pay for the funeral of their father, who lost his battle against cancer.
The girls’ mother, Donna, was having serious financial problems and could not afford to pay for a basic funeral for her husband. So her four girls, ages 3 to 12, sold all of their precious toys to pay for it.
Says Donna: “It breaks my heart all over again to have to sell things that were precious to us and him. It’s not what Jason would have wanted. He loved (the girls) to bits and he’d be really sad to know they wanted to sell their toys to pay for a funeral for him. But he would be so proud of the girls rallying round to help me.”
2. South Yorkshire twins Jason and Aaron Clark are very much alike… but very much different. Alike in the way that they love and respect each other tremendously, and are great friends. But different because Jason is a high-achieving, confident teen, while Aaron has Down’s Syndrome, with delayed speech and deafness.
Aaron goes to a special school, and brother Jason knows that it takes money to keep that school going. So, in an effort to help his brother continue his education at that special school, Jason sold all of his old toys and books, and managed to raise more than 400 Euros.
Says the boys mom Lynn: (Jason) told me recently that when he is older he wants to run his own business so he can always look after Aaron. He wants to be able to buy him a house and make sure he has all the care he ever needs.
3. In Hull, England, last February, 10-year-old Tess Hodgson sat outside in freezing weather behind a table filled with her toys and books. She was selling them to raise money for a family friend suffering a terminal illness. That family friend had been left broke by all the hospital treatments he was receiving.
Only minutes after hearing about this, Tess gathered up all her toys and books, went outside into the chilly weather and set up her table, hoping that passersby would buy some of her things so she could donate the money to the family friend.
She managed to raise 9 Euros to help him out.
4. In Manawatu, New Zealand, 10-year-old Matilda Brown knows people with cancer, and she has been doing all she can to help those who afflicted with it, including selling her toys at craft fairs to raise money.
Matilda has also had her head shaved to support Shave for a Cure. Her efforts even inspired a local petting zoo to have a fund-raiser.
See? It’s not only bad things that are contagious.
5. A 10-year-old Holland girl has amassed a great number of toys over the years and she spent a lot of time sorting through them for a charity sale to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Taylor Devol’s grandmother and father both suffered with lymphoma, so she wanted to raise money to help others dealing with it.
6. Helping others doesn’t come with an age restriction. In Newport News, Virginia, 6-year-old Kayleigh Crimmins had a bunch of her toys sold on Craigslist for one purpose – to donate to her local police department so it could buy bullet-proof vests for the five dogs in its K-9 division. And the city council there even gave her a standing ovation for what she did.
The money Kayleigh has donated has also gone toward other safety equipment for the K-9 unit.
Says her mom Lee: “I think she’s determined. I think she loves dogs. And there’s no end to this. She’s made that very clear.”
7. In Kinmel Bay, Wales, 9-year-old Tyla Rich has a rare eye condition that leaves her completely color blind and, with an intolerance to bright light and glare. Her eye movement is also uncontrollable.
But despite her own personal issues, Tyla wanted to do something special with the birthday money she received. She wanted to send it to a 3-year-old girl named Paige who had an inoperable brain tumor; she had only a few months left to live. And little Paige’s only wish was to meet Mickey Mouse in Disneyland.
Tyla also gathered up all of her toys and spent several days outside her home selling them to neighbors and friends. Tyla was able to raise 25 pounds, and sent it to the girl’s family. Other fund-raisers were also held for Paige and it’s believed… she got to meet Mickey.
8. In Ohio, 11-year-old Zach McGuire gathered up all his games and toys to sell them for a very noble cause – his family.
His father, Tom, had lost his job and the family was in financial straits. So Zach reasoned, “You can’t live in toys, or eat toys. Even though they are fun, you don’t need them.”
Tom said he was not relying on his son’s toy sales, but he certainly appreciates the effort.
Says the proud father: “Zach has a big, giving heart. He came to me with this idea. He wants to contribute.”
9. Nine-year-old Blake McGinness of Ontario, Canada, put almost all of his toys out for a yard sale. His father, Rick, died a while back, and the family did not have enough money to have a nice headstone placed on his grave. And for a year, a few of young Blake’s toys were the only markers the family could use for the grave.
When others found out that Blake was selling his toys to get his dad a headstone, hundreds stopped by his home to buy a toy or give a donation. Someone even donated a hockey stick that was signed by all the Montreal Canadiens.
Enough money was raised from the yard sale to finally get his dad that headstone. And the only toys kept by Blake were the special ones given to him by his dad.
10. Last year, in Franklin, Ohio, police officer Steve Dunham was driving his patrol car through the city when he spotted a young boy in front of a CVS drug store, and it looked like he was trying to sell something to those who were entering it. So he stopped his patrol car, walked up to the boy and asked him what he was doing there.
The 7-year-old looked up at him and showed him a Teddy Bear. The boy said he was trying to sell it to someone so he could get some money to buy food… and that he hadn’t eaten in days.
The officer assured the boy that everything was going to be ok, then he took him to a nearby Subway restaurant for a meal. During this time, Officer Steve radioed to his station to have other officers check out the boy’s home. When they did, they discovered that the young boy, along with his four brothers, ranging in age from 11 to 17, had been living in a small house filled with garbage, cat urine and liquor bottles.
All the boys were taken from the home and placed in the care of relatives. The boys’ parents, Michael and Tammy Bethel, were charged with 5 counts each of child endangerment.