When he saw his mother struggling to make ends meet, one boy decided to step in and help her.

We hope kids can live a carefree life and not worry about the problems of the world, but sometimes they can’t help but notice the struggles around them.

William Preston is a 13-year-old boy from Fernley, Nevada with a single mom who was doing her best to support him, his two siblings, and three dogs.

When William saw that she was having a tough time trying to balance it all without a car, he decided to step in and help her.

He Came Up With a Smart Plan

mother hugging her son
Photo by Ivan Samkov

One day, WIlliam saw a Youtube video where a child earned money to buy his mom a car; and in that moment, he decided that he would do the same thing.

“I saw on YouTube where people get their mom a car and then surprise her with it,” William told KOLO. “I wanted to do that.”

William saw an advertisement on Facebook where a 1999 white Chevrolet Metro was on sale for a good price — so he reached out to the seller and asked if he could work for her to earn the car. William gave her his Xbox and worked hard to pay off the rest.

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 Preston

A Proud Mother

William’s mom, Krystal, didn’t believe him at first when he told her what happened, but then she saw the car for herself. 

I lost it, I bawled so bad, I was just like, ‘There’s no way.’ What 13-year-old do you know buys their mom a car, I don’t know any, never heard of any.

Krystal Preston

“I can’t even express it, like there’s no words that can express my gratitude and how proud I am.”

A Selfless Act

While most kids are outside playing with friends, going to school, and making memories, William was working hard to give his mother a gift for doing her best to provide for him. His generosity was what Preston needed to get through a low point in her life.

At my low point, here comes my son. 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.

Krystal Preston

Krystal also spoke about what happened in a Facebook post.

“I am so proud of my son. He is such a good kid. He may have his days but OMG what 13-year-old kid do you know that buys his mom a car… William I love you son and thank you. You have such a big heart and I love you,” she wrote in the post.

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