A teen was killed in a crash, so the family held a vigil. As everyone stood there and mourned, this 10-year-old boy showed up. It took people a second to realize what he was holding in his left hand.
Max Morris was just 10 years old when the Arkansas boy stumbled upon a vigil being held for 18-year-old Brent Price. The teen had met an untimely demise, having been killed in a car accident just after he graduated from West Memphis High School in Memphis, Arkansas. Seeing the gathering of people, young Max asked what was going on. When they told him, he decided he was going to do something that would leave everyone stunned.
Price aspired to become a dentist and been accepted into college to start his degree in dentistry, but he lost his life too soon. His family was sadly unprepared. While no one is ever emotionally ready to lose a child, Brent’s family was also burdened by the funeral costs. Struggling to cover the funeral expenses, Brent’s family had set up a GoFundMe and also accepted donations at the teen’s vigil. The donation jar caught Max’s eye since, even at 10, he knew the value of a dollar. The boy, who hopes to one day be a country music star, had been saving up for a guitar.
“Unfortunately his family doesn’t have the insurance to cover his funeral expenses,” the GoFundMe page for Brent’s funeral costs states. “Every little bit that is donated can help this family lay Brent to rest. No family is ever prepared to lose someone so young and it would mean a great deal to help this family in their time of need.”
Hearing of the need after witnessing the candlelight vigil by chance, Max was heartbroken for the family, even though he had never met Brent. “I walked by to my house and there was a big gathering, and we just stopped by and asked what it was,” Max recalled. First, he reached into his pocket and gave the $3 he had. But, he wasn’t satisfied, so he gathered some change from his mom’s purse. He still didn’t feel like it was enough, though.
“So I just ran home and got all the money out of my piggy bank and ran it back,” Max explained. “I was saving up for a guitar for like five weeks. And then as I was walking back, I just said you know what they need it more. Just forget about the guitar. I can get that later,” Max told Fox13. He had returned with $20 in his hand — all of his meager savings.
That was all it took to not only warm hearts nationwide but to also inspire others to have a giving heart and follow the example set by the 10-year-old boy. In fact, Dan Olben was so touched by Max’s kind gesture that he decided to give one of his guitars to the boy.
“I’ve got a guitar and you just touched my heart, and I want you to have it,” he said as he handed his guitar to a pleasantly surprised Max. When asked why he did it, his response was simple. “You get it back tenfold. I wish I could do more for him, but that’s sweet right there,” he explained.
While the youngster’s generosity shocked many, Max’s family says this is typical behavior for their generous son. Max’s parents Jeff and Libby were not at all surprised by the unselfish act. It’s just the kind of boy Max is. “I’m about to tear up now. Max is our little blessing,” said Jeff Morris, Max’s father.
Giving up his guitar money has made Max popular. In fact, he was on the front page of the local newspaper, and many people wanted to do just as Don Olben had done. However, as the offers for free guitars rolled in, young Max proved his character once again. He asked the local reporter to tell people that he wanted them to think of their family first.
One kind gesture can have a snowball effect on those around the person who decides to be selfless. It’s amazing that a 10-year-old can teach adults so much about how to be. Without question, Max Morris saw a need and, even though he couldn’t fix it all, he did what he could. In turn, he encouraged others to do the same. He didn’t see the problem as too big for him to handle. He gave what he could to help, and even though it might seem small to others, it made a huge impact.