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8-year-old pays for granny’s funeral with Kool-Aid stand

Michael Diamond's parents were short $5K for a proper burial, so he raised it himself, one glass at a time.
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Chiara O. Scuri, July 15, 2013 9:01:58 AM

Michael Diamond shared a close, loving relationship with his grandmother, so when she passed away last month, the eight-year-old boy was devastated.

Dealing with the death of a loved one is hard enough to process when you’re that age, but imagine how he must have felt when he overheard his parents worrying about how they would give his grandmother a proper burial when they were $5000 short of the required sum. Both of Michael’s parents are on disability and that kind of money is hard to come by for the Ohio family.

The burden would be crushing for almost anyone, regardless of age. Michael Diamond proved through his actions that he’s far from a regular kid.

Deciding that he was going to give his gran a proper sendoff, he immediately set up a Kool Aid stand in his front yard and determined he would raise the money himself.

Fox News reports that the third grader put up a sign that read “Kool Aid for a Cause” and stayed outside all day to hawk his goods.

“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 that’s what she would have said. Just let him do it. Even if he makes 20 cents; let him do it,” his proud mother told the news network.

Word got around about what Michael was doing and soon neighbours were popping by to have a $100 cup of purple stuff. Once a local radio station announced his efforts on air, however, the game changed completely.

Soon lineups could be seen around the block with people even driving in from out of state to help the boy raise enough money. Once Kraft, which manufactures Kool-Aid, heard about Michael’s entrepreneurial efforts, they also made sure he reached his goal.

With the money raised, Michael managed to say his final goodbye, hopefully knowing his gran couldn’t have been prouder of the incredible young man he’s turned out to be.


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