At Capps Middle School, where one pupil is teaching others the concept of doing good things and paying them forward, the sale of a few frigid goodies is warming hearts.
11-year-old Brighton Crandell is a student at CMS in Heber. His main true interests outside of school are, in his words, "ranching and rodeos."
Brighton claimed in a phone conversation with the White Mountain Independent that his only real ambitions for the future are to find work and put in time at it.
According to his mother, Mandy Crandell, he does intend to become a four-time state champion in wrestling and "re-write the whole history of wrestling in Mogollon," but besides that, he simply "does his own thing."
She added, "He's a kid, so he's a handful, but he's a good kid. He prioritizes others' needs before his own, which is uncommon in today's world, even for people older than him.”
One such occurrence happened in the middle of April when the future wrestling star organized an ice cream auction to support a family at his school who had recently lost a loved one.
According to Kathy Vosburgh in an email, "The school had been saddened recently when Holly Despain passed away in a tragic accident, leaving her husband, Frank, and four children behind."
As a volunteer at Capps Middle School, Vosburgh assisted in setting up the institution's Golden Mustang Award for Kindness program.
According to her, Brighton was acquainted with two of Despain's children who go to Capps and wanted to find a way to support them as they dealt with their loss.
He asked to take the ice cream truck out and then bring the money over to them because he wanted to do something for them after his friend's mother passed away, Mandy added.
She claimed that her husband got the ice cream truck so that they could "teach our kids responsibility, how to work hard, talk to people, and count money without a calculator."
Brighton had intended to use the truck for a day and give the Despain family the earnings, but he subsequently changed his mind and opted to auction off the remaining of his Choco Taco supplies instead.
A Choco Taco was a well-known ice cream delicacy that Good Humor-Breyers used to produce before ceasing production in 2022.
Online auctions were launched for still-sealed dessert packages after an unsuccessful internet attempt to restart production and the wholesale supply vanished.
Even now, parcels with beginning costs of $60 or more will occasionally appear online, which prompted Brighton to auction off his remaining stock.
Brighton's parents assisted in promoting and marketing the event because he isn't permitted to use a cell phone or access social media. Additionally, Capps sent flyers home with kids for their parents to read.
When the time arrived, Brighton pretended to be the auctioneer and began the bidding at $5 for the about 30 people there. One Heber parent placed a $500 bid, with offers ranging from $14 to $50.
Vosburgh remarked, "When Brighton was telling me this anecdote, you could see he had been amazed at this kind offer by the smile he had on his face.”
He brought that grin and a very big gift of affection from this incredible neighborhood to Frank Despain and his children's home.
Mandy did not say how much money Brighton gave to the family specifically out of consideration for their privacy, but expressed the hope that it was "enough to make a difference."
Mandy remarked, "I find it admirable to see someone who will put others before himself, entirely of his own free will. He may be youthful, but his soul is old. He makes our family incredibly proud.”
The first step in carrying out a good deed or beginning a pay-it-forward train, according to Brighton, is to "go with your heart." Brighton expressed his gratitude for the donation.
He advised, "I would tell people to know what the need is and what your heart wants for them or even just ask what they need, and then just help, however you can."
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