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Boys to help pay grandfather's funeral expenses

Mary E. Hinds maryhinds@lebanondemocrat.com • Updated Jul 26, 2013 at 10:05 PM

Sometimes children cut straight to the heart of a matter in a way adults never could, and in the process, reach hearts everywhere.

Lebanon resident Donna Gentry is proud of her grandsons Logan Robbins, 6 and his brother, Matthew Robbins, 10, for their generous spirits. The boys were devastated to learn their grandfather, Harold Whitaker, was dying of stage four lung cancer. She said Whitaker is not even 50 years old and was not prepared for such a dire diagnosis.

To make matters worse, the boys overheard a conversation between their parents.

"They heard their parents discussing how they were going to pay for funeral expenses and a headstone," Gentry said. "Matt came up with an idea that he could sell lemonade and hold a benefit for his Pa to help with money for his funeral expenses. He is so sad that this is happening but he wants to do everything he can to raise money for his grandfather."

Gentry was moved by the boys idea and wanted to help.

"How could two young boys think of something like that? Matt said he would use the $20 he had been saving to buy a toy to buy the lemonade, and that he was sure to make $100. He thought that would be enough." she said. "I said 'we need to do something.'"

Something turned into an event that has the community chipping in to help the boys honor the grandfather they will lose all too soon.

"We decided to hold a benefit yard sale, a raffle and a bake sale," Gentry said, adding the sale is planned for Friday and Saturday at 1003 Edgehill Dr. in Lebanon. "It will begin at 8 a.m. both days and will go on 'till it's done."

"We will have more than $1,000 in merchandise," she said, noting the merchandise includes electric scooters, iPods, and gift certificates for local salons, restaurants and stores.

Whitaker, who returned to his native Indiana recently, was told he only had two months to live. So the boys have little time before funds will be needed to see their grandfather has a proper burial.

"We're trying to do everything we can to help them out," Gentry said of her grandsons.

For more information or to contribute to the cause, call Gentry at 615-684-2747.

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