The little East Texan that can

By Philippe Djegal - email
Posted by Ellen Krafve - email

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - East Texans keep giving, giving and giving to the little boy that can. If you missed it, back in June we introduced you to Jay Bambeck, an 8-year-old boy with cerebral palsy collecting aluminum cans for a new van and wheelchair lift. Jay's mother says the response has been overwhelming. But, the Bambecks still have a ways to go from reaching their goal.

It has become a routine over the last few months.

"I'm still working on raising money, collecting cans and getting the van," said Jay.

The Bambeck have been getting calls from a local business saying come on over and pick up some more cans.

"When I saw him, his little wheel, it broke my heart," said Keely McCarty, owner of Shapes Fitness for Women. "[He's the] cutest little thing, and so I decided to help."

McCarty is posting fliers all around her gym.

"I say thank you when they give me cans," said Jay.

Asking members to donate whatever aluminum cans they can.

"He's got a big heart of not wanting to take money, but to get cans instead," said Keely McCarty. "To get something to help out for his mom too, knowing that you know it's hard on her with her back and everything."

Jay is growing and growing.

"I'm getting big," said Jay.

He is growing so fast that it's putting a painful strain on his mother's back.

"Getting up [and] moving around hurts," said Amanda Bambeck. "Getting him in and out hurts."

Their goal is to raise 12,000 cans, which would amount to more than $4,000. That money would then pay for a new van, including a ramp so Jay can easily get in and out.

"They want to help me," said Jay. "Everybody around the world wants to help me."

As of now, the Bambeck's are more than 7,000 pounds of cans short of reaching their goal.

But, they are patient. Today, they collected a little more than $2 worth of cans - $2 that will go a long way.

"East Texas is a godsend," said Amanda Bambeck. "They really are. There's no place in the world like East Texas."

"It makes me feel happy," said Jay.

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