8-Year-Old Boy Raises Over $50K for Waiter After Learning He Lost His House.
Little Rock Waffle House’s favorite server, Devonte Gardner, had to move out of his apartment due to a mold infestation, which also caused his daughters to get sick.
Gardner had to check into a hotel with his family, which was an extra financial burden on him. Eight-year-old Kayzen Hunter learned about his favorite server’s predicament and decided to take action.
Kayzen set up a GoFundMe campaign to raise funds to help Gardner rent a clean property and purchase a family car. He had set a modest goal of $5,000, but the campaign’s outpouring of support surpassed that goal, raising more than $50,000 at the time of reporting.
Gardner’s situation had also taken a toll on him financially, and he had to work on getting a car to move his daughters out of the hotel.
The money raised through the GoFundMe campaign would help him secure a better living arrangement for his family.
Gardner was overwhelmed by the support he received, and the gesture made him emotional. He said that he was counting his blessings and thanked everyone who had contributed to the campaign.
Kayzen’s father, Korey Hunter, said that his son did not expect anything in return and only wanted to encourage people to pay it forward. Kayzen said he hoped that his actions would inspire others, irrespective of their age, to help those in need.
Overall, the GoFundMe campaign for Gardner’s family was a heartwarming example of a small act of kindness leading to an outpouring of generosity and support from the community.
At the time of this report, more than $50,000 had been raised for Gardner, surpassing the initial $5,000 goal.
“Devonte is just a really nice person. Really good guy. Super nice to everyone he meets,” said Kayzen. Gardner’s situation had also taken a toll on him financially. “Right now, I’m working to get a car working and be able to, you know, move my daughters out of the hotel that we’re staying in right now,” Gardner said, adding that his expenses had gone up.
“All my tips and everything that I get to go straight to my kids, I pay for the room daily pay $60 a day and it’s just eating my pocket alive,” he said.
Gardner’s predicament caused his little friend to start the fundraiser. The outpouring of support has since been overwhelming.
“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,” Gardner said.
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