13-Year-Old Sells His Xbox and Starts Landscaping Service to Buy a Car for His Single Mom

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When Krystal Preston hit “her low point,” her son, 13-year-old William Rabillo, did something unexpected. He was inspired by videos online to try and make a difference, and found an ad on Facebook for a car. Rabillo negotiated the deal and worked diligently to earn enough funds, starting a landscaping service and selling his Xbox to make the purchase.

Rabillo, according to a report by the Daily Mail, managed not only to buy a 1999 White Chevrolet Metro for his mother, but also to keep it a secret from Preston until the time came to pick up the vehicle.

“What 13-year-old buys their mom a car? I don’t know any,” said Preston, a single mother of three.

“I can’t even express it; there are no words that can express my gratitude and how proud I am.”

Preston said that the family, who live in Nevada, recently suffered a setback that left them without reliable transportation. She added that they were also struggling to make ends meet.

“The last couple weeks have literally been hell filled with so many tears, anger, confusion and heart ache,” she said in a Facebook post describing what her son had accomplished.

“I have no words right now that can express how I am feeling at this moment,’ she wrote. ‘I’m in complete shock.”

Discussing his motivation, Rabillo stated, “I saw on YouTube where people get their mom a car and then surprise her with it.”

“I wanted to do that,” he added.

Rabillo said that the woman who was selling the car was initially hesitant to accept his offer.

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

Rabillo sold his Xbox to buy the car and also turned into what Preston described as “a lawn mowing, yard cleaning, money making machine.”

“My son had a job today that he had to go do and so I allowed him to go assuming it was like any other time,” wrote Preston.

“Well this time was different. Very different. William came home and said, ‘Mom I bought you a car.’”

Preston said she initially laughed when her son told her about the vehicle. Rabillo persisted and, when she followed him outside, she saw a woman waiting to give them a ride.

As they pulled up to a house, her son said, “Mom, that’s your car.”

“I completely lost it. I started balling my eyes out. I am speechless my 13 year old son bought me a car,” Preston wrote.

She ended her post with a message to Rabillo, saying, “William I love you son and thank you. You have such a big heart and I love you.”