A Tombstone For Christmas

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010 - 10:06am

Boy hopes to buy grave marker for his recently deceased aunt.

Unlike most fourth graders, Evan Akers didn't ask for electronics or sporting goods for Christmas.

He wrote his letter asking for a grave marker for his aunt, who drowned earlier this year.

Evan wrote the letter to the Pastor Jeff Knori at Lake Center Christian School in Uniontown, Ohio.

Knori had offered $50 to students who could show that they could use the money to advance God's kingdom, and he chose Evan as one of the recipients.

Evan, 10, is putting the money towards a marker for Cheryl Mathews, who drowned in April in London, Ohio.

Evan's mother, Cindi, posted his letter on Facebook and donations have begun coming in.

Here's an except from the letter:

"My dad's mom has been struggling lately. You see, last summer my aunt died of drowning. She was living with her in her apartment. I'd be so blessed if I got the $50. I really feel bad for her. Most of my dad's side of the family are not Christians. We don't see them very often so when we do, we try and show them the love of Christ."

Evan's father, Scott Akers, said the funeral home needs $800 to get a marker for his sister's grave and that he's hopeful that enough donations will come in to purchase one by spring.
 

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