Boy offering to mow lawns to buy school supplies

Published: Aug. 2, 2016 at 10:22 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 2, 2016 at 10:36 PM EDT
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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - A 10-year-old Gregory Elementary student is working for his school supplies. Tyran Bell posted on Facebook, offering to mow lawns for donations.

Bell said his mother has missed work a lot recently to take care of his uncle, who is in the hospital.

"She won't have to buy me and my brother's school supplies and I will just buy that," Bell said. "She could just worry about paying the bills and helping my uncle out."

Bell logged onto his mother's Facebook account over the weekend and posted on the Wilmington Yard Sales page. Since then, several people have taken notice, including Theresa Babb, who owns A1 Security Services LLC.

"Just an amazing kid," Babb said. "You know, who does that at ten years old? You're always hearing about kids are lazy, they don't have a work ethic, and you see something like this. Forget it. It's amazing."

Babb has started a donation drive for Bell. She's asking people to bring supplies to her office at 5101 Dunlea Court Suite 201, which is beside the Target shopping center in the center court office. You can drop them off anytime between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday until school starts. All extra supplies will be donated to other children in need.

Babb said Bell is into anything "Panthers". She said his brother is starting 9th grade at Hoggard High School and wears a size 30,32 slim long in pants, extra large shirt in kids, small shirts in men,10 1/2 in shoe size in men.
Bell wears size 14 in pants, large in kids shirts large and kids under clothes and wears a size 8 in mens' shoes.
Uniforms at Gregory Elementary require white, hunter green, or light blue polo shirts and khaki or navy slacks.

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