The holiday festivities were almost cut short for Kayla Howard.
“Sometimes as busy parents, we do overlook things,” Howard explained to 12News. “He’s 7. He has autism. You know it’s hard for him to recognize consequences for his actions. That’s what he’s working [on].”
Rent was around the corner: The timing of the financial pickle not only fell around the holiday season, but it was also around the same time rent would be due for the household of five. Her account was negative, making it nearly impossible for her to pay the rent.
“The timing could not have been worse,” Howard said, according to the outlet. “I’m trying my best not to cry, not to stress out about it. I’m just trying to be as solution-focused about it as I can.”
Howard did reach out to Google Play and Roblox in hopes of receiving a full refund when the incident occurred. Initially, she did not hear back from Roblox and was only refunded $10.80 from Google Play.
“That’s what I’m hoping for. Just a refund would be awesome,” Howard expressed to 12News at the time.
Howard Receives Support After Starting GoFundMe Page
In need of a Christmas miracle, Howard created a GoFundMe page.
“My bank account is currently -1244.52 as a result of the purchases and resulting overdraft fees,” she said in the description. “Donations of any amount will help me to cover my expenses and bring my family peace this holiday season.”
She was met with massive support, receiving ten times more than her initial goal. At the time of this writing, $10,979 has been donated to the Howard family.
“Thank you to everyone who supported myself and my children during this time. Thank you for reminding me that there are good people in this world,” Howard told 12News.
Plans To Start Nonprofit
In addition to the donations helping the family get through the holiday season, Howard is now looking to use some of the money she received to start a nonprofit for families who have children with autism.
“What I’m most excited about doing is actually starting a non-profit named after my daughter specifically to help families of children with autism,” Howard told 12News.
In addition, Roblox has since refunded Howard for the incident and made changes to the payment method on the child’s device.