10-year-old donates earnings to shooting victim’s family
YAKIMA, Wash. — Days after someone stole donations meant for a grieving family, a 10-year-old boy decided to do what he could to help.
Emmett Erdmann put on a garage sale and raised more than $300. In addition to a successful sale, a family friend stopped by and gave him a Cabella’s gift card – all to put toward a biking trip with his Boy Scouts troop.
At least, that’s what he thought.
On Monday, he heard about the shooting death of 25-year-old Vikram Jaryal and the stolen donations box meant for his family in India. It was taken from the AM-PM on 601 E. Yakima Ave. where the man was working on Apr. 6 when he was killed, the Yakima Herald-Republic reports.
Edrmann grabbed his own box of money from the garage sale, set it down in front of his mother and said he’d like to donate it. “I was just blown away,” she Edrmann’s mom Lexi Mitchell. “I live paycheck to paycheck, and all of a sudden he had this box with $305 in it and he was just willing to go, ‘Here’s the money.'”
The boy ended up donating half of his garage sale earnings, about $150, to Jaryal’s family. He said the rest of his earnings, along with his Cabella’s gift card, will cover all his expenses for the Boy Scouts biking trip.
He said he wants to challenge other kids to think about others rather than themselves.