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Community rallies around siblings working to earn money for laptop, printer

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Published: Apr. 9, 2020 at 8:29 PM CDT
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Update Friday, April 10, 2020

The story of three teen siblings putting in hard work to earn money to help their mother and to buy a laptop and printer for schooling at home, caught the attention and support of many in the Wichita community.

Friday, Eyewitness News caught with Iva King, the mother of Houston, Mya and Raven, three teens offering yard work services to raise the money they needed.

After their story aired Thursday, King says the response was overwhelming with many reaching out to her. Someone already donated a printer to the family. Others are donating a pair of laptops. King, also taking classes, says additional computers will help her and her three children get work done for classes.

"I cannot express it enough. Thank you so much," King says, addressing the community. "The kind words that have been pouring in, the donations that have poured in. Thank you."

While grateful for what she says is a blessing for her family, King says her children will continue working hard to earn what they get.

"My kids are still not accepting any handouts, she says. "They're still going to work for anyone who needs it."

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Three teenage siblings in Wichita came up with an idea to help their mother and to raise money for them to buy a laptop and printer for school work at home. They say they don't want handouts and want to work for it.

The siblings, Houston, Mya and Raven are weed-eating, raking leaves, mowing and whatever else may be needed to clean up yards in their community. They knew they could have started a GoFundMe campaign or directly asked for donations, but they wanted to do it the old-fashioned way.

"It teaches us responsibilities and how much a dollar can go for and what it's worth," Houston says. "Nothing in easy in life, so you always have to achieve it yourself."

The teens' mom, Ida King, posted about her children's effort on a Wichita classified page. Like many, she's doing what she can while facing unemployment.

"...We were just trying to think of something (and) they were like, 'hey, let's just mow yards,'" King says. "And I was like, 'yeah, let's do it.' So I posted it just thinking maybe I could get a couple of yards here, couple yards there, never thinking it would get this far."

King says she's also attending school from home, and four people all needing internet access for their classes makes it difficult to share one computer.

"And we're all trying to learn something, so it makes it kind of hard," she says.

King says she's thankful to have children like Houston, Mya and Raven, and she's proud of them.

King and her children say they aren't charging much because they understand times are tough, and they thank everyone who has already reached out to them.

You can request their service for work in your yard on the