Community rallies around teens mowing yards for free
These boys are spreading a light in Louisville through their good deeds, and it is becoming contagious.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Their work is definitely noisy, but their actions are even louder. The community has heard about three brothers and a cousin mowing lawns across Louisville for free and has responded.
"It's something that like, anyone can do it," said Alan Stafford, one of the volunteers. "You have to have the strive, you have to be able to do it."
At 14 and 15 years old, they are hard workers and wise.
"Maybe we can't change the world, but maybe we can change the people in it," Demontae Marshall said.
After our story Tuesday, donations came pouring in for the boys on their GoFundMe page. Tuesday afternoon, they had around $1,500 in donations. By Wednesday afternoon, it was climbing past $9,000. And by Thursday morning nearly $13,000 had been donated, more than double their original $6,000 goal.
"Joy, complete joy, complete joy, it was like Christmas morning in July," Barbara Wilson said..
Wilson promised her sons and nephew a trip to Disney next summer. That offer is now expanding, because other teens have been inspired to step up.
"We are encouraging people to do this in their own community," Wilson said. If somebody needs some kind of guidance or information on how we got started, contact me and ask me. We can take a whole charter to Disney World to take all the kids involved in this. Not just mine.
"Any kid that's willing to go out here and help our elderly, the people that can't afford this lawn care, we'd be glad to take them to Disney World. We're just trying to find a way to keep track of all the work they do, keep count of everybody who's involved. We haven't figured it out yet, but we are definitely working on it."
Wilson says people are also donating lawn equipment and safety gear.
"We never expected so much love and support, and the fact we're encouraging other people to do this in their community, we're accepting any and all kind of equipment we can get," Wilson said.
They are getting so many offers for equipment, they would love to share with other teens willing to help in their community.
Wilson and her husband, between their own jobs, chauffeur the boys around from job to job. However, they only have one car right now, a rental. They do not have a trailer, and they are currently storing equipment in their basement.
"The way our GoFundMe page is blowing up, we may be able to purchase a shed or trailer to store their equipment."
These boys are spreading a light in Louisville, and it is becoming contagious.
"We're doing something better than we would do if we didn't have the parents to keep us on the right track," Marshall said.
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