HOBBS, N.M. (KRQE)- A 9-year-old Hobbs boy’s fundraiser paid off more than he expected.
He was playing music on the side of the road using household items so he could raise money for a real drum set. A video of him hit Facebook and the donations started pouring in.
Noel Goodrich was driving down the road with his son when he saw something that caught his eye. It was a young boy banging on buckets, pots and pans on the corner of the street with a sign.
“I could tell that he was trying to raise money for something, I could see it but I couldn’t make it out all the way, so I got my camera and got out of the vehicle,” said Goodrich.
Goodrich recorded a video of Tony Easter, and gave him $5. He posted his video to Facebook as well, telling people where they could go if they wanted to give Tony a few bucks as well.
The response was overwhelming comments with people wanting to help.
A woman from Odessa drove to Hobbs to deliver Tony an electric set. Another family bought him a key board.
Tony, who has always loved music, is ecstatic.
“Thank you to everyone that done that for me,” he said.
Tony’s parents say they try to teach their son ways to earn things on his own.
“I don’t believe in spoiling a child, because you know when they get older, they want everything so handed to them,” said Bonnie Hays, Tony’s mother.
They say Tony is loving his new instruments and is playing on them all the time.
“For everybody who honked, thumbs up, donated equipment, donated change, thank you. You made a 9-year-old boy’s dream come true,” said Hays.
Tony’s dad also has a passion for music and is teaching his son how to play those drums and that keyboard.