Skip to comments.8-Year-Old Raises Money For Grandma’s Funeral By Selling Kool-Aid
Posted on 06/24/2013 12:50:49 PM PDT by nickcarraway
When 8-year-old Michael Diamond (pictured) overheard his parents discussing how expensive a funeral would be for his grandmother, who passed away after battling cancer, he took it upon himself to help with the costs. The pint-sized entrepreneur came up with the slogan Kool-Aid for a Cause and set up his own stand so that he could raise enough money for a proper burial for his beloved grandma, reports Fox News.
Bobbie Diamond-Anderson was only 52 years young when she passed away on Fathers Day. Soon after, Michael eavesdropped on his mom, Teresa and dad, Michael Sr., who are both on disability, discussing how they had some monies saved to put toward the funeral expenses but were short $5,000.
Michael, who had a very loving relationship with his grandmother, reportedly wanted to help desperately, so he approached his mom with his idea: He just came up and said, Can I have a Kool-Aid stand; I want to help out with the funeral. And, I told him yeah because thats what she would have said. Just let him do it. Even if he makes 20 cents; let him do it, Teresa told Fox News.
The Garfield Heights, Ohio, third grader put his wheels in motion, and by Tuesday, he had set up the Kool-Aid stand. Once a local radio station got wind of the boys efforts, though, Michael had customers waiting to buy his drink in droves, with some reportedly driving from across the state and handing over as much as $100 for a cup of the sweet concoction.
One woman, Pamela Casserlie of Broadview Heights, who visited the stand and gave Michael $100 for his cause, told Fox News, When I saw this little boy, what he was doing for his family about his grandmas funeral, tears came to my eyes. I said I have to go donate to this little boy.
When Kraft Foods, the makers of the legendary powdered drink, heard about Michaels efforts, they, too, sent the Diamond family a donation for the funeral.
Michael, who worked his stand every day until Sunday afternoon, was able to successfully raise the $5,000 his family needed in order to give his grandmother a proper burial.
Way to go, Michael!
What is this, Dickensian England? What we need is National Funeral Insurance! /sarc off, I think...
The food police haven’t arrested him yet?
Hi, I’m Earl Schlubb, and I’ll bury ANY corpse for $129.95...
You can never have too many government checks coming in.
FDA shutting the kid down in 3, 2, 1....
Should try selling the Kool-Aid at a Democrat convention. (see tagline)
No they won't.
He was selling Kool-aid, not lemon-aide. Big difference.
Congratulations to little Michael!
Best part is he gets an cylinder shaped urn along with each order of inventory.
When asked about his grandmother, Michael responded,
She was a Christian and she went to the Hayes Temple Church and every Sunday I went with her.
Affordable Burial Act
Wasn't the DHS buying a bunch of coffins?
Sweet story; his grandma must be smiling...
Exactly. We cannot allow the disparity in burial arrangments to continue. The poor dead people are deserving of the same funeral services, burial rites, cemetery plots, flowers, live bands, headstones, parties, etc. as the rich dead people. And why save the 21 gun salutes for veterans? It is only due to poverty that all dead people did not serve our country in the military. If we just take some more money from the 50% who pay taxes, we can make sure that no poor dead person is a victim of this cruel inequity of the “haves” and the “have-nots” in death. (/s)
I'd bet the fine will be around 5K.
Unless she's still alive.
Then, she's probably pretty angry.
“....discussing how they had some monies saved to put toward the funeral expenses but were short $5,000.”
Short $5,000??? Hello!!! Do these people not know they can get Grandma planted for about $795.00?
Cleveland suburb, right next to where I grew up.
Funeral home biz is good, people are dying to get in....
I know a family that did that.The 5 kids stood on a corner and collected money for their Grandmom’s funeral.Mom had best of everything and loved to spend money.They raised some money.
Yeah. The Grandmother was only 52 so her son or daughter and their spouse should be in their 30’s!
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.