A single mother’s teen son was tired of seeing her struggle to make ends meet with no means of transportation, so one day, the 13-year-old came home and revealed that he had bought his mom a car.

William Preston said he was scrolling through YouTube and watched a video of people buying their parent a car and then surprising them with it. He told KOLO:

“I wanted to do that.”

The Nevada teen came up with a plan to earn money by doing yard work around the community. Then one day, he came across a woman selling a 1999 white Chevrolet Metro on Facebook.


William said:

“It was really cheap so I asked her if I could trade it or earn it, and at first she said no, and after she thought about it, then she said yes.”

The 13-year-old made a little extra money mowing lawns and cleaning people’s yards, but he still didn’t have enough to purchase a vehicle for his family.

That’s when he decided to trade in his Xbox for the car, and the teen went home to tell his mom about the news. William said:

“Mom, I got you a car.”

The boy’s mother, Krystal Preston, was in complete shock. The mother of three wrote about the incident on Facebook.

I have no words right now that can express how I am feeling at this moment. I'm in complete shock … The last couple…

Posted by Krystal June Preston on Saturday, March 23, 2019

She wrote:

I of course laughed and told him, “[yeah] right!”

He said “no mom I’m so serious I bought you a car. come on we have to go.”

I’m at this point confused and skeptical and I said: “go [where]?”

Then the woman selling the car handed over the keys to Krystal. She recalled:

“I lost it, I bawled, I was just like, there’s no way. And then she gave me the keys and the paperwork.”

Krystal added:

“What 13-year-old buys their mom a car? I don’t know any. I can’t even express it; there are no words that can express my gratitude and how proud I am.”

The mom said she was going through a difficult time when her oldest decided to step in and help out around the house.

“At my low point, here comes my son,” Krystal said.

She completely lost it when she showed up to a house with a car in front and was told it was all hers.

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One Reply to “Teen Trades in Xbox and Does Yard Work to Buy a Car for His Single Mom: ‘At My Low Point, Here Comes My Son’”

  • Sherry Karr 2 years ago

    Someone get Ellen Degeneres on this! Ellen! Get this boy the best Xbox there is! I absolutely know where this woman is coming from, my daughter and I are simply struggling and I know she has tried to sell her switch so we could eat. For a child to want to try so hard they deserve it! If I had it I would love to show him how good things come from good deeds. I can’t but I know Ellen D can!!

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