An adopted boy mows grass to help his father pay for the adoption processEnglish 

An adopted boy mows grass to help his father pay for the adoption process

Do you know gratitude? It’s a mixture of gratitude and love that 14-year-old Tyce Pender has for his adoptive father. And see what she’s doing to help her dad pay the legal fees for her and her older brother’s adoption.

The boy started working mowing the neighbors’ grass and now he has received a license to start gardening.

“He’s been a father figure to me since I was 2 years old,” Tice said. “He has always been there for us and helps me with everything I need, like homework,” the teenager said.

Expensive adoption fees

The family even got a lawyer pro bonoto help with the adoption, but the legal fees for the process are very high and beyond the family’s financial means.

That’s when the teenager got the idea to start working to save money. He started slowly and now earns a lot, he started his own company and guarantees that he has discovered an ability that he wants to carry with him for the rest of his life.

father figure

Eric Jenkins, 36, began dating Marci, the young man’s mother, in 2010. Four years later, they married, and Tice says she can’t imagine living a day apart from her stepfather.

Eric wanted very much to adopt Tice and another stepson, 15-year-old Tylee, but was faced with adoption fees, which are very expensive in the United States.

Now that the family has accomplished everything, the boy has nothing but gratitude.

“This is important because Eric teaches me respect, independence and what a man should be. […] If something were to happen to my mother, Eric is the one I would want to live with.”

how the business started

Knowing the family’s struggles, Tice decided to help somehow.

“The cut [de grama] it’s expensive […] I thought I could make enough money to pay for the adoption.”

And the idea is the brainchild of his brother, 21-year-old Jayden, who mowed lawns as a child to earn money in the summer.

He then requested a clipper as a gift for his mother and started offering the services on Facebook.

The service is offered over the Internet

“Hi, my name is Thais. I am 14 years old and today my mom gave me a business loan and I was able to buy a rechargeable lawnmower,” he wrote in his post.

“I have safety glasses and gloves and I hope to find a few meters [de grama] cut and maybe even keep them. I go to school during the week and I’m available for a few afternoons and all day on Saturdays and Sundays.”

He added: “I also have an electric leaf blower and rake. I’m looking to turn this into a business so I can have my own company.”

the first customer

With her first client, Sarah Larrabee, the teenager has received many accolades. “He’s such a sweet kid, so polite and so happy to be there and excited about his first job,” the woman said.

Working only on weekends and after school, in just 1 month, Tice has been to 16 homes and saved $400 USD (about R$2k).

Seeing that he can make good money with the new business, Tice thought more and wants to invest more.

Now, in June, the teenager celebrated receiving the company’s commercial license. Now he wants to invest much more to become a great entrepreneur in the field in the future.

“I’m extremely proud of Tyce,” said Eric, the father. “He’s a good guy,” she concluded.

Tyce and Eric, father and son – Photo: Personal archive

Tice received a commercial license to operate - Photo: reproduction Facebook

Tyce Gets Commercial Lawn Mowing License – Photo: reproduction Facebook

Tice and brother Tyler in one of the sessions - Photo: reproduction Facebook

Tice and brother Tyler in one of the sessions – Photo: reproduction Facebook

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