A Pennsylvania man has been holding yard sales to pay for funeral expenses. His own.
Some of his customers are going a step further to help.
David Dunkleberger says he and his friend Ed Sheets pulled into a yard sale in Brownstown last month. He says the man running it, Willie Davis, told him he was selling his belongings to pay for a funeral.
When asked whose funeral, the 66-year-old Davis replied: “Mine.”
Davis, who served in the Navy in the 1970s, has been diagnosed with stage 4 squamous cell carcinoma.
Ed Sheets tells WJAC-TV it “broke your heart” hearing Davis’s story and they wanted to help him “so his last days could be a little more peaceful.”
Davis served in the Navy from 1970-76 during the Vietnam War, the station reported.
“He’s done a lot serving our country, so we wanted to kind of return the favor to him so that, again, his last days could be a little less hectic, a little more peaceful for him,” Sheets told the station.
“It broke your heart, hearing the story, and we just decided we had to do something to try and help him, try to make his life a little bit easier.”
Dunkleberger and Sheets set the initial GoFundMe goal at $5,000, but to make Davis’ final wish of being buried beside his parents come true, they may need to raise as much as $15,000, WJAC-TV reported.
The GoFundMe campaign reached its goal of $15,000 early Thursday, and the person who put the fundraiser over the top posted: “I saw that $20 was needed to reach the goal and was honored to be the person to reach the finish line and ensure this Navy Veteran can know that his final expenses will be covered. Thank you for your sacrifices in defending the freedoms we still enjoy, sir. God bless you.”
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