LANSING, Mich. — Corban Ferris drowned in Lake Michigan over the 4th of July weekend. His family says he loved to volunteer and give back, so they’re using that to remember him during their first Christmas without him.
“He would go out of his way for anybody to do something,” said stepmother Tina Ferris.
His dad says that’s who Corban was: a giver who spent his time volunteering with his church and organizations like Homeless Angels.
“From a very young age. He always was willing to help people,” said Ferris. “He would often help out people, and never speak about it. ... We heard all these stories of people coming forward saying, you know, he helped me do this or, you know, he went out of his way and did this.”
Because of his life of giving, those who love him could think of no better way to remember him this holiday season than to give to others in his honor.
His friend Taylor Greeson started organizing the Corban’s Purpose Project.
She and three others from Corban’s graduating class at Holt High School, his family and church members have all come together; filling bags of goodies for the residents at Holt Senior Care and Rehab Center.
“We have well over 1,000 items currently, and we still have more items coming in,” said Greeson.
Bags filled with blankets, soap, deodorant, coloring books, nail polish, and even a prayer card just to give 75 seniors some hope from Corban.
They’re pushing through their grief by carrying on Corban’s passion for service.
“I have to believe that good things will come from the life that he lived,” said Michelle Ferris, Corban’s mom.
They’re taking comfort in their faith and Corban’s favorite bible verse, which states “that all things work together for the good.”
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