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Boy holds sale to buy gravestone for dad
CBCNews.ca ^ | September 26, 2010 | staff reporter

Posted on 09/26/2010 1:27:19 AM PDT by Daffynition

Hundreds of people flocked to a yard sale in Kingston, Ont., on Saturday after hearing a nine-year-old boy wanted to raise money to buy a headstone for his dead father.

"I just felt bad because there was no gravestone, so I wanted raise money to buy a gravestone," said Blake McGinness.

Blake's father, Rick Lees, who died last year of a stomach aneurysm, is buried at the Wilmer Cemetery just outside Kingston. His gravesite is currently marked only by some of Blake's toys, as the family couldn't afford a gravestone.

News of Blake's yard sale spread, prompting hundreds of people to drop by to pick up merchandise, shake Blake's hand, with many looking for an excuse to drop off some money. One man drove from Montreal to donate a stick signed by the Montreal Canadiens.

"I don't think every kid would do something like this, you know, sell all his toys so he could buy a headstone for his father," said one participant. "How could you not come?"

Thousands of dollars were raised Saturday and thousands more have been donated to a trust fund through the Royal Bank.

"It's awesome, it's amazing. We've heard from people, as far away as soldiers in Afghanistan. A company even in Texas offered to donate the gravestone," said Blake's mother, Linda McGinness.

With the costs of the gravestone covered, Blake told the Kingston Whig Standard he plans to donate proceeds from the yard sale to Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children.

"Now I know there's a lot of good people out there," Blake said.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Society
KEYWORDS: canada; grave
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1 posted on 09/26/2010 1:27:21 AM PDT by Daffynition
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To: Daffynition; penelopesire; hoosiermama; maggief; SE Mom; musicman; RedMDer; Lakeshark; TitansAFC; ..

Thank you for posting this wonderful story.

A blessed Lord’s Day everyone!


3 posted on 09/26/2010 1:51:43 AM PDT by onyx (If you support Sarah and want on her Ping List, let me know!)
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To: guerito1
There is good in the world.


4 posted on 09/26/2010 2:02:33 AM PDT by Daffynition ("Life Imitates Bacon, but Bacon does not imitate Life. Bacon IS life." ~paulycy)
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To: Daffynition

What a bitter-sweet story. Thank you for posting this.


5 posted on 09/26/2010 2:05:55 AM PDT by paudio (How could you be an open-minded person if you are a liberal?)
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To: onyx

BLAKE MCGUINESS:

“I’VE WANTED ONE FOR MY DAD FOR A LONG TIME AND I JUST THOUGHT THIS WOULD BE NICE. SO I’M HAPPY.”


6 posted on 09/26/2010 2:13:29 AM PDT by Daffynition ("Life Imitates Bacon, but Bacon does not imitate Life. Bacon IS life." ~paulycy)
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To: Daffynition

Bttt


7 posted on 09/26/2010 2:21:54 AM PDT by feedback doctor (revolution, baby)
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To: guerito1

Thanks for posting this story. Looks like his folks instilled strong values from the beginning.

Prayers for him and his Mom.


8 posted on 09/26/2010 2:33:08 AM PDT by panaxanax (IMPEACH THE MUSLIM MARXIST....NOW!!!)
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To: paudio

Blake McGinness and his mother, Linda, sit where he wants his father, Rick Lees', headstone to go at the Wilmer Cemetery north of Kingston on Monday. (IAN MACALPINE, QMI Agency)

9 posted on 09/26/2010 2:36:49 AM PDT by Daffynition ("Life Imitates Bacon, but Bacon does not imitate Life. Bacon IS life." ~paulycy)
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To: Daffynition; Kathy in Alaska

Ping.

I thought this was heartwarming and bitttersweet.


10 posted on 09/26/2010 2:38:02 AM PDT by Jet Jaguar (*)
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To: Daffynition
"Now I know there's a lot of good people out there," Blake said.

Yes, Blake - and you're one of them.

11 posted on 09/26/2010 3:15:24 AM PDT by naturalman1975 ("America was under attack. Australia was immediately there to help." - John Winston Howard)
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To: naturalman1975

Yes: It’s good to see a story like this once in a while among all the bad garbage we get to read.


12 posted on 09/26/2010 3:26:06 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: Jet Jaguar
Thanks for the ping.


13 posted on 09/26/2010 4:00:39 AM PDT by Daffynition ("Life Imitates Bacon, but Bacon does not imitate Life. Bacon IS life." ~paulycy)
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To: Daffynition

So shines a good deed in a weary world.


14 posted on 09/26/2010 4:09:05 AM PDT by WildWeasel
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To: onyx
May the Lord shower both with His blessings. Blake has truly honored his father and mother.
15 posted on 09/26/2010 4:20:06 AM PDT by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: Daffynition

Thanks for posting this.

The good that Blake Lees has done for his father is going to follow him all his life, and Rick Lees can rest peacefully knowing that his son has already become the ‘man of the house’. May the Lord be with this boy and his family.


16 posted on 09/26/2010 4:26:10 AM PDT by mkjessup
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To: Daffynition

What a touching story!

Thanks for posting it.

God bless this family.


17 posted on 09/26/2010 6:24:04 AM PDT by credo 2
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To: WildWeasel

Amen to that!


18 posted on 09/26/2010 6:26:25 AM PDT by Daffynition ("Life Imitates Bacon, but Bacon does not imitate Life. Bacon IS life." ~paulycy)
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To: mkjessup

As short as his dad’s life was, he raised a good human. Bless them all.


19 posted on 09/26/2010 6:29:31 AM PDT by Daffynition ("Life Imitates Bacon, but Bacon does not imitate Life. Bacon IS life." ~paulycy)
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To: credo 2

You’re very welcome. We need more uplifting stories like this in these trying times. ;)


20 posted on 09/26/2010 6:37:27 AM PDT by Daffynition ("Life Imitates Bacon, but Bacon does not imitate Life. Bacon IS life." ~paulycy)
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To: Daffynition
"A company even in Texas offered to donate the gravestone," said Blake's mother, Linda McGinness.

Not surprising.

21 posted on 09/26/2010 6:54:24 AM PDT by ConservaTexan (February 6, 1911)
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To: Daffynition

I can’t read my screen at the moment. Thank you for this post. What a beautiful boy.


22 posted on 09/26/2010 6:57:54 AM PDT by Colonel_Flagg ("I'd rather lose fighting for the right cause than win fighting for the wrong cause." - Jim DeMint)
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To: Daffynition

God bless that child; for such love only a child could have.

His family is blessed and so is he! His dad would be so proud!


23 posted on 09/26/2010 7:12:24 AM PDT by LUV W (DIMs?......start packin'--you're fired!....I can see November from my house!)
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To: Colonel_Flagg
It touched me too. ;)


24 posted on 09/26/2010 7:38:16 AM PDT by Daffynition ("Life Imitates Bacon, but Bacon does not imitate Life. Bacon IS life." ~paulycy)
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To: Daffynition; Jet Jaguar

God Bless this little boy. He understands the importance of family.


25 posted on 09/26/2010 1:34:15 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska (~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~)
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To: Kathy in Alaska

I hope he has a wonderful life. He is truly blessed.


26 posted on 09/26/2010 2:58:51 PM PDT by Daffynition ("Life Imitates Bacon, but Bacon does not imitate Life. Bacon IS life." ~paulycy)
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To: Daffynition; onyx

Wow. Great story about good deeds in this world. Thank you for posting this! Great Job Blake!


27 posted on 09/26/2010 2:59:31 PM PDT by RedMDer (Throw Them Out! Forward With Confidence!)
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To: Daffynition

Thanks for a very nice story.
Dub


28 posted on 09/26/2010 3:11:32 PM PDT by Dubya (JESUS SAVES)
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To: onyx
Thanks onyx. What a great son, what a tribute.
His gravesite is currently marked only by some of Blake's toys, as the family couldn't afford a gravestone... With the costs of the gravestone covered, Blake told the Kingston Whig Standard he plans to donate proceeds from the yard sale to Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children.

29 posted on 09/26/2010 7:28:57 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Democratic Underground... matters are worse, as their latest fund drive has come up short...)
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Please ping me to note-worthy Pro-Life or Catholic threads, or other threads of general interest.

30 posted on 09/26/2010 7:31:18 PM PDT by narses ( 'Prefer nothing to the love of Christ.')
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To: Dubya; RedMDer

Thanks for your posts. I love it when a *teachable moment* comes from a youngster. ;)


31 posted on 09/27/2010 3:29:44 AM PDT by Daffynition ("Life Imitates Bacon, but Bacon does not imitate Life. Bacon IS life." ~paulycy)
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To: Daffynition

Can’t add anything...(sniff).


32 posted on 09/27/2010 3:58:54 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic (Southeast Wisconsin, Zone 4 to 5)
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To: Daffynition

What a loving little boy! He is a tribute to his father.


33 posted on 09/27/2010 7:29:31 AM PDT by kalee (The offences we give, we write in the dust; Those we take, we engrave in marble. J Huett 1658)
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To: Daffynition

You did a good job Dad - hope you are reaping your rewards!

Mel


34 posted on 09/27/2010 11:30:39 AM PDT by melsec
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To: kalee

I’m sure dad is shining down on his young star. ;)


35 posted on 09/27/2010 3:11:10 PM PDT by Daffynition ("Life Imitates Bacon, but Bacon does not imitate Life. Bacon IS life." ~paulycy)
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