This teenage boy traded in his Xbox to earn money to surprise his mum with a new car.

William Preston, from Fernley, Nevada, knew that his single mother, Krystal Preston, was struggling to support him, his two siblings and their three dogs — and that having no easy means of transportation was making things more difficult.

So, after seeing a video on YouTube in which a child gifts his mother a car, William, 13, was inspired to do the same.

“I saw on YouTube where people get their mum a car and then surprise her with it,” William told KOLO. “I wanted to do that.”

The teenager then came across a woman’s Facebook post advertising her 1999 white Chevrolet Metro for sale at a low price and reached out to her to see if he could do housework to pay for the car or trade something in.

“It was really cheap so I asked her if I could trade it or earn it, and at first she said no and after she thought about it, then she said ‘yes’,” he said. So he traded his Xbox and worked off the rest.

When William first told his mum she didn’t believe him.

Krystal said her son had been asking her random questions about car parts, but she didn’t connect the dots until she saw the car for herself.

“I lost it, I bawled so bad, I was just like, ‘There’s no way.’ What 13-year-old do you know buys their mum a car, I don’t know any, never heard of any,” Preston said.

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

“At my low point, here comes my son,” the mother-of-three said. “Everybody goes through rough patches in their life, but there’s good that can come from any situation as long as somebody with a heart does it.”

Krystal also expressed gratitude for her son in a Facebook post that has gone viral and been shared nearly two thousand times and attracted over 7,000 reactions.

“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 mum a car … William I love you son and thank you.”

What an amazing young man. Well done, William.

Share your comments below

  • What a beautiful young man!! My son is the same age, 13, and he has said in the past when he gets rich he’ll buy me a farm so I can have heaps of chickens and ducks and whatever other animals Ii want haha.


  • That’s so sweet!


  • She’s struggling as a single mum but still managed to raise her kids to be selfless, thoughtful and independent. You go girl!! Also good on her son for wanting to let go of his xbox so he can help his mum out.


  • What a beautiful son she has she is doing a wonderful job raising such a thoughtful young man.


  • Amazing young man!


  • A precious and special gift.


  • What a beautiful heart has this teenage boy, but also the lady who sold her car for a low price with housework and trading to pay for the car.


  • Amazing heart of gold this child has


  • What a gorgeous little kid. Such a champion, his mum should be so proud


  • God bless him


  • What a little champion. His mum should be proud of him.


  • That is truly impressive. That’s a big sacrifice for a 13 year old.


  • A touching young man. In a society of me me me, this is heartwarming to hear. Bet that’s one proud mum


  • That’s so sweet of him. I can imagine the mother’s confusion. And the happiness when she realized it was all true. :-)


  • A fabulous young man!


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