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Parent forced to dig his child's grave, until charity steps in to help.

POSTED: Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 4:53pm

UPDATED: Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 10:58pm

Melvin Sr. and Rosalind say money is tight and they weren't prepared to plan a funeral. The funeral home demanded the five thousand dollar funeral bill to be paid in full. With five other children to support it was the kind of money the family just didnt have. So, Melvin Sr. took a shovel and started doing the work himself. Melvin Sr. says the funeral home only knocked off $300 from the bill. That's when the state troopers association said this family has suffered enough.

Every year,"Troopers Charities" raises money to grant wishes to terminally ill kids. They say they were about grant his wish, but he died before they got the chance. They say even though they couldn't make Melvin's wish come true. They were still able to help the family.