I'm Brendan and I'm saving all the money I earn for a Bobcat S570. It's a compact skid-steer front loader. I have been saving my money for more than 2 years and so far I've saved more than $3100!
I live on a small, 2-acre farm in Elverta, CA (near Sacramento) with my mom, my memaw, and my 3 uncles. We have alpacas, chickens, ducks, dogs and cats. Every day, I rake up all of the alpaca poops and put them into a giant pile. I also give the alpacas special pellets that they love so much we call them alpaca treats. Every Saturday, I earn $10 in allowance for doing my chores. Every weekend, I do extra jobs to earn another $5.
I go to a day program every weekday and once a week I work at the district office through the Workability program. I get a paycheck every month during the regular school year and I also save that money for my Bobcat.
Here's some more information from my mom:
Brendan is a 19 year old autistic young man with developmental delays. He is very focused on saving his money for the Bobcat. Every day he has at least 15 conversations with the staff at his program and his family about what he's saving his money for and how much money he has saved so far. He is generally a very cheerful and happy young man; sometimes he can be very hard on himself and worry about things that have gone wrong in the past. Brendan is always happy to talk about his favorite tractor and how much money he has saved so far.
We currently have a Kubota tractor that Brendan has mastered driving and operating. He uses it to till the ground and spread out alpaca poop to help the grass for our alpacas grow. In November, we visited the Bobcat of Sacramento location at 575 Display Way, Sacramento, CA 95838. The staff there was fantastic and after letting Brendan look at the several S570 models they had for sale, they asked him if he wanted to drive one. He was thrilled and after a couple minutes of instructions, he looked like he had been doing it all his life.
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