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Texas School Overwhelmed With Response On Call To Action For Stand-Ins For Absentee Fathers

Nothing in this world will have a greater impact on a child than the example that is set forth for them by their parents. While there’s plenty of things that can impact the kids of the world along the way, it remains on the parents to set them straight and help them grow into fine young men and women that they are incredibly proud of.

Unfortunately, there remain far too many kids that just don’t have the luxury of that. Absentee parents remain an incredible drain on society as a whole, not to mention the dramatic impact it has on the children that are unfortunate enough to have to deal with such things.

The knowledge that the person that brought you into this world simply can’t be bothered with providing you with guidance and support can have an incredibly scarring effect that will impact the rest of that child’s life.

As the Daily Mail shares, that problem came to light in a big way in advance of an event that was to be held at Billy Earl Dade Middle School in Dallas. The school had planned a ‘Breakfast with Dads’ event, but there was a big problem that tends to come up when these type of events happen at school: there were far too many kids that didn’t have a dad to bring.

Kristina Dove, the senior partner relations manager at youth development nonprofit Big Thought, came up with a solution. She put out a call to action on social media, and the school was incredibly overwhelmed with the response.

“Please Share! Men Needed!" her post began.

"On next Thursday, December 14th at 8:30 AM at Dr. Billy Earle Dade Middle School we will host 'Breakfast with Dads' the reality of a great event like this is alot of our kids will not have a Dad present,” she wrote.

“But there is nothing like having a male present in the form of a mentor. We are [in] need of at least 50 or more additional male mentors who can devote 1 hour of their Wednesday morning next week to this cause,”

The school was hoping that there were 50 men out there that would take up the call to action, but they were completely stunned when about 600 awesome guys showed up to lend their support. Rev Donald Parish Jr., pastor of True Lee Missionary Baptist Church and the event organizer, was among those that were touched by the outpouring of support.

“When a young person sees someone other than their teacher take interest in them, it inspires them. That's what we want to see happen,” he said.

Jason Rodriguez, the assistant chief of police for the Dallas Independent School District Police Department, hopped on social media to express his enthusiasm about an event that turned out to be even more memorable than they were anticipating.

“Words cannot describe the impact mentoring youth can have on both you and your mentee. Powerful to see a community of fellow men and fathers come together to wrap their arms around our young men," he wrote.

"Thank you for having me out."

The incredible turnout was unbelievably touching, and it proved beyond a shadow of a doubt the power that social media brings to the table when it’s used for positive reasons.

Source: Daily Mail
Photo: USA Today, Kristina Dove/Twitter

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