When a North Carolina boy started offering to mow his neighbors' lawns to make money for school supplies, he was surprised by the reaction.
Tyran Bell, 10, has spent the summer looking for lawns to mow in his neighborhood in Wilmington, North Carolina, so he could pay for everything he needs to start his upcoming school year.
"He came up with the idea like, 'Mama I wanna mow grass so I can pay for my school supplies and my school clothing,'" Tyran's mother, Tara Lewis, told KTRK.
Lewis said she is proud of her son for being responsible and independent.
"Not too many kids his age are willing to go out and make his own money," Lewis said. "I am very blessed because he's very helpful, and he's a smart kid."
Tyran's mother has been struggling financially as she has had to miss work to care for her brother as he recovers from an accident. When he learned about his mother's struggle, that's when he came up with the idea to mow lawns. In addition to buying his own school supplies, he wanted to help his mother pay her bills.
When word got out about Tyran's business and the family's tough situation, the community stepped in. Soon, school supplies, clothing and lawn equipment donated from strangers started coming in, and even Tyran's older brother Jhamir received donations.
Information about Tyran's lawn mowing business was posted to a local Facebook group, where President of A1 Security Services Theresa Babb says she first heard about it. She says she knew she had to pitch in.
"He's 10 years old," Babb said. "And for a 10 year old to take that initiative and help his mom because she was struggling, I just thought that was amazing."
According to his mother, Tyran started receiving so many donations he eventually started giving extras to other children in need.
"Tyran has always been the kind of person that want to give and do things for other people, so I think it’s a blessing because now that someone has been able to bless him, he’s able to bless somebody else," Lewis said.