William Preston was tired of watching his mother struggle.
Finding herself newly single with three children and three dogs inside her Fernley, Nevada home, Krystal Preston says she was at a “low point” in her life. The family had just made a fresh start, but with no car or means of transportation, Krystal was struggling to make ends meet.
William is only 13, but as the oldest boy, he already considers himself the man of the family. He’s a hard worker who often helps out around the neighborhood to earn extra cash for his family, doing everything from lawn work to odd jobs. After watching a YouTube video of someone gifting their mother a car, William had a light bulb moment and immediately began setting his plan in motion.
William went on Facebook’s marketplace and soon located an inexpensive 1999 Chevrolet Metro. The industrious boy looked around his house and his eyes landed on the only valuable object he owned: his Xbox gaming station. If he combined the value of the Xbox with his own ability to trade work for cash, perhaps it was possible for him to help his mother out in a very tangible way. He quickly typed an email to the seller.
“It was really cheap so I asked her if I could trade it or earn it, and at first she said no, and after she thought about it, then she said yes,” William recalls.
William negotiated a trade with the woman, providing house and yard work along with his Xbox in exchange for the car’s pink slip. When the deal was done, the seller even came to his house with him to bring Krystal to see her new car for the first time. Krystal says that the day her son walked into the kitchen and told her he’d bought her a car, she didn’t believe him at first. After she met the seller, however, she began to see that he was absolutely telling the truth.
“I lost it, I bawled. I was just like, there’s no way,” Krystal said. “And then she gave me the keys and the paperwork.”
Krystal was so moved by her son’s actions, and so incredibly proud of what a resourceful and empathetic young man he’d become, that she shared a photograph of William and the car on Facebook along with the story of how he’d stepped up to help her out.
“The last couple weeks have literally been hell filled with so many tears, anger, confusion, and heartache,” Krystal wrote. “Today I got the shock of my life.”
Her post quickly went viral, and the family has enjoyed their moment in the spotlight even though it was never their intention to become internet-famous. “The fact that my kid did this, I’m proud, but as a mom, I’m supposed to be able to take care of my kids. I’m supposed to do this, not the other way around,” Krystal said. “What 13-year-old buys their mom a car? I don’t know any. I can’t even express it; there are no words that can express my gratitude and how proud I am.”
Krystal says that her son’s actions have been life-changing in many ways, not the least of which is the knowledge that no matter how tough things get, family will always see you through. “At my low point, here comes my son,” she said tearfully. “Everybody goes through rough patches in their life, but there’s good that can come from any situation as long as somebody with a heart does it.”
William certainly has a ton of heart! This is one child who understands what’s really important in life, and it’s not an Xbox or any other fancy toys. He’s definitely going places with his can-do attitude. We couldn’t be prouder of this young man for taking care of his family.
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