Boy, 13, Trades Xbox and Housework to Buy His Struggling Mom a Car
Krystal Preston was shocked by the loving surprise from her son.
April 4, 2019
When 13-year-old William Rabillo noticed his mother was struggling to make ends meet, he took it upon himself to make things a little easier for her — even if it meant sacrificing the things most teenagers his age wouldn’t.
In a recent Facebook post, mom Krystal Preston revealed she was without a car to transport her three children after coming down on hard times.
“The last couple weeks have literally been hell filled with so many tears, anger, confusion and heartache,” Preston, from Fernley, Nevada, wrote.
For years William had been working odd jobs around their neighborhood — such as mowing grass and cleaning yards — and after coming across a YouTube video of someone surprising their mother with a car, the business-savvy teenager decided that he wanted to do the same, he explained to ABC 8.
So when he found a woman selling a 1999 Chevrolet Metro on Facebook, he offered her yard work and his Xbox video game system for it.
“It was really cheap so I asked her if I could trade it or earn it, and at first she said no,” William told the news station. “After she thought about it, then she said yes.”
With an agreement set, William had his mother come out to their driveway, where the woman and the car were waiting.
“William came home and said, ‘Mom I bought you a car,’ ” Preston wrote in her Facebook post about the surprise on March 23. “I of course laughed and told him, ‘Ya right!’ “
Then they all got inside and went for a ride — and Preston knew it was the real deal.
“I completely lost it,” she continued. “I am speechless my 13-year-old son bought me a car… I have no words right now that can express how I am feeling at this moment. Today I got the shock of my life.”
She added: “I am so proud of my son. He is such a good kid… He may have his days but OMG what 13-year-old kid do you know that buys his mom a car… William, I love you son and thank you. You have such a big heart and I love you…”
Preston’s Facebook post announcing William’s surprise has since gone viral, but the teenager said he didn’t do the good deed for any notoriety.
“I didn’t really want that to happen,” he told ABC 8. “I just wanted to do it, that’s all.”
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family, and has so far raised $3,500 from 91 donors.