The story of a Bicknell, Indiana, boy went viral after he got a job at McDonald’s for a shocking and heartwarming reason.
7-year-old Trenton Gardner decided to become an honorary employee at McDonald’s this holiday season because he wanted to be able to earn money for families who couldn’t afford toys for their children this Christmas.
Trenton decided he wanted to make money to buy toys for those kids and asked his grandfather to take him to McDonald’s to get a job.
Trenton’s mom, Lindsey, says when he was first told he wasn’t old enough to work at his local McDonald’s, he burst into tears.
“He asked for a job and they told him he was too young, and he burst into tears because he was so upset,” Butler said.
Determined to help in any way he could, Trenton worked hard to convince his local restaurant’s general manager, Rhonda Butler, to give him a job, until she eventually caved in and gave him an apron, name tag, and hat.
“You see, when I wipe tables and customers are at the tables, I get paid for it,”he told WPXI. “It’s the coolest job I’ve ever done.”
As his mother, Lindsey says there’s no greater feeling than knowing her son wants to make a difference in someone else’s life.
“I don’t know where me and his dad went with this, but we’re so glad that we raised him up this way,” she said.
“Part of being a mom, no matter how old your kid is, is what am I going to do when he gets older? One day I’m not going to be there,” she said, “That’s where me and his dad started out young with him, we wanted to make sure that he had good values and that one day he can function when we’re not there. If he’s willing to do this so hard at 7, I only imagine what he’s going to be like when he gets older.”
Bicknell McDonald’s also joined Trenton in his efforts by donating toys of their own. Trenton and his family were able to drop off a truckload of toys at their local Social Ministries.
Trenton’s parents say they have always taught him to know the value of hard work and money, and that they hope he will keep his sense of generosity and compassion as he grows up.
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