Devon Melton raising money for struggling family

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By Elizabeth Matthews

FERGUSON, Mo. (KSDK) - A 12-year-old boy is holding a garage sale this weekend to help raise money for his family after his mom was diagnosed with cancer. 

It's been a rough road for Christina Craig with health issues in the past. Now, she's been diagnosed with breast cancer.

"As a parent, you just feel like you are not doing your job, you feel like you are not doing your part," Christina said.

The bills are starting to add up and she and her husband are worried about their finances. Christina's son, Devon, overheard a private phone conversation about the troubles and decided to do something.

"I can give up a couple of my things and go in and put the hard work in and she takes care of me, so I thought I should take care of her for once," Devon Melton, Christina's oldest, said.

Even though he's only 12-years-old, Devon took control. He started walking the neighborhood asking for things he could sell in a garage sale. It was a surprise to Christina.

"I see my son come down on this skateboard and he's got a trash bag and the trash bag is full of stuff and I thought he went dumpster diving," Christina said.

The word has spread through Facebook and now Christina is getting notes left at her door, piles of stuff for the garage sale left at her house and 60 plus emails from people wanting to help.

She has already had the lump removed from her breast and is deciding what route to take for treatment, but in the meantime she's doing her part, just like her son.

"I actually draw strength from her, to see and know what she's going through and just the strength that she have," said Maya Rivers, who volunteers with Christina at the King of Kings food pantry every week.

"If I can do something, I am going to," Christina said.

A lesson Devon has already picked up on.

"Mom always told me do good things and good things will come back to you," Devon said.

Christina says she has met with Komen St. Louis, Newschannel 5's partner in Race for the Cure. 

They are helping her with a few bills.

The garage sale starts this Saturday morning bright and early at 7 a.m. and continues through Sunday.

Originally the garage sale was going to be held in a neighbor's garage, but it has been moved to accommodate the size it has become.

It will be held from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 44 N. Florissant Road, Ferguson, Mo. 63135, the old Glaser's Drugs.


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