Kind-hearted boy carries out jobs to raise money to buy his best friend a gravestone

Greg Evans
Sunday 09 December 2018 11:30
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A 12-year-old boy from Detriot is helping out with odd jobs in a kind effort to raise money for his friend's gravestone.

Kenneth Gross, also known as K.J, passed away in May following an 11-year battle with cancer, having been diagnosed with leukaemia at 13 months old.

K.J, who died of congestive heart failure, is buried in a family plot at Elmwood Cemetery - but his grave has been left unmarked as his family couldn't afford a headstone.

In an attempt to get his best friend a headstone to commemorate his life, Kaleb Klakulak has set himself up as a handyman, lending himself to odd jobs to earn enough to pay for the item.

These jobs include raking leaves and collecting bottles - but he has also started to take donations for the cause via PayPal.

His initial goal of $2,500 has already been achieved, with any further donations going directly to K.J's family as they slowly start to get back on their feet.

Speaking to Detroit News, K.J's mother, LaSondra Singleton, praised Kaleb for everything that he is doing for their son.

My son’s not here, but [Kaleb] still loves my son enough to [do] this.

It just speaks volumes to the type of people that they are, and it speaks to the type of person that K.J. was — he impacted people to where they want to do this for him.

K.J. used to come home every day telling me about Kaleb: ‘Mom, you’ve got to meet Kaleb; you’ve got to meet Kaleb.

At the end of the school year, I finally met Kaleb. Then I met his mom, and we all just clicked.

He and K.J. were so much alike.

They were kindred spirits; they were like brothers. Even their facial features were alike — the glasses and everything.

Kaleb added:

I love Ms. San. [LaSondra] I was sad she couldn't afford it. I wanted people to be able to find (K.J.'s grave) when they went to see him.

Kaleb's mother, Kirsty Hall has also promoted the good-natured work that her son has been doing in a Facebook post.

If you have bottles or odd jobs that Kaleb can do to earn money he would greatly appreciate that.

I really think this is a great thing for Kaleb to focus on and help him with his healing as well as K.J.'s mom, who misses her baby and has to visit an unmarked grave.

If you wish to contribute to Kaleb's campaign, which has only 14 days left, you can do so here.

HT Lad Bible

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