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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.


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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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To: Daffynition; Celtic Cross; Grizzled Bear; ScoopAmma; Irisshlass; informavoracious; larose; ...
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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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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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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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