(GoRealNewsNow.com) – An 8-year-old American boy from Arkansas performed a heroic deed by raising almost $100,000 to help a Waffle House server whose impoverished family has been living in a motel.
As he frequently dines at a Waffle House restaurant, Kayzen Hunter, 8, of Little Rock, Arkansas, has become friends with his favorite server, Devonte Gardner.
The boy learned that Gardner’s family, including his two underage daughters, had been forced to live in a motel room because of unsafe conditions at their previous accommodation and could not afford a car.
Kayzen Hunter decided to try to help the Gardners by setting up a GoFundMe campaign together with his parents.
Devonte Gardner told THV 11 that his family of four had been living in a single motel room for eight months.
“We wanted to find something affordable, so we moved into a low-income area. We just got tired of infestations with rats and roaches and all this black mold. My daughters were getting sick. No heat and things like that. When it was cold outside, we had to bundle up with like four or five blankets in order to stay warm,” the Waffle House server explained, as cited by Breitbart News.
The high cost of the motel room also left the father of two unable to save up for a vehicle.
“All my tips and everything that I get go straight to my kids. I pay for the room, daily pay $60 a day, and it’s just eating my pocket alive,” Gardner said.
At the same time, young Kayzen Hunter was impressed with the server’s friendly and welcoming attitude.
“I come with a positive attitude. I treat everybody with positivity. I love to see everybody smile,” Gardner himself said in the TV report.
Hunter decided to help his friend by launching a fundraiser to benefit the latter so his family could buy a car.
He wrote in his GoFundMe campaign that Gardner was a “hard-working dad” who “has to walk or get a ride to get to work every day.”
Hunter’s campaign sought to raise $5,000 but attracted over $96,000 in donations by Monday, March 6.
“The other morning, he said, ‘I was just trying to maybe make $5,000 and get him a car.’ Now, it’s turned into a crowd. We had no clue that this was going to happen,” said Victoria Hunter, the boy’s mother.
Gardner said he planned to use the donations to buy a car for the family, find an apartment, and save any remaining money for his daughters’ education.
“It just be a blessing. You know, I’m always counting my blessings, always. Thanks. Anything that anybody gives me. So this is… it made me almost cry,” the Waffle House server said.
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