“I’ll always remember, the very first thing he requested was if I’m a Christian,” mentioned Keeling.
Eleven-year-old Jamarius Burneson needed to purchase one thing for his mom’s gravesite, not solely as a result of it’s his mother.
“[But] as a result of Jesus desires me to go, so I observe that,” mentioned Jamarius.
His organic mom, Alfreda, died in 2019 after a battle with diabetes. She was 33 years outdated.
Jamarius’ adoptive mother, Pattie Burneson, says he has autism and identified with PTSD. However that doesn’t cease the fifth grader.
“Jamarius touches individuals in all places we go. He’s only a lovely youngster. He has an incredible coronary heart and contemplating what he’s been via in his life, he’s coming via rather well,” mentioned Burneson.
That had an impact on Keeling, who helped the boy pick a memorial flag and inscribed it.
“That candy, good girl is actually caring about me,” mentioned Jamarius.
However then he instructed Keeling a small nameplate is the one factor marking his mother’s ultimate resting place at Lynchburg’s Outdated Metropolis Cemetery. There’s no headstone.
“I didn’t say something, however thought to myself, ‘I’m going to see to it that that’s performed, that an actual marker goes to be put there,” mentioned Keeling.
Keeling posted her intentions on Facebook and obtained an outpouring of assist.
“I had individuals right here at 9 a.m., the following day I posted [the story], dropping off checks and cash,” mentioned Keeling.
“I used to be simply crying and like, ‘I can’t imagine you wish to do that for my youngster.’ [Jamarius] was crying, and we have been simply so glad,” mentioned Burneson.
Because of historic restrictions, they will’t place a stand-up headstone as Jamarius desires, however when the memorial is put in in two months, it should have his private message to his mother.
“[I love you mommy]. I’m going to satisfy you in heaven,” mentioned Jamarius.
Keeling mentioned she’s paying about $500 for the stone herself, as a present to Jamarius. She obtained practically $500 in donations to this point, which can go to financial savings for Jamarius’ future.
You may donate via Venmo to 434-258-9243 or drop off a present on the retailer situated at 1716 Principal St., Lynchburg, VA, 24504.
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