50 ‘Dads’ Were Hoped For; 600 Showed Up!
Let us start the day off with some heartwarming, tear jerking news. A middle school in Texas, Billy Earl Dade Middle School, decided to have a “Breakfast with Dad” program for their students last month, what happened next will make your heart swell, your eyes water up and put a big smile on your face.
Breitbart News reported that the school officials became worried that some of the 150 boys who had signed up for the event might not have “dads” that would show up. They were probably concerned that some boys might feel left out and the event would do more harm than good for those boys. So the event planners made a request of the men in the area to volunteer their time. They believed they needed approximately 50 “Dads” and hoped and prayed those volunteer “Dads” would show up.
Well they got a bit more than 50.
Approximately 600 “Dads” showed up.
A Dallas blogger Stephanie Drenka wrote.
The unexpected influx of interest led the team to move the event from the cafeteria into the gymnasium so they could house more guests. I will never forget witnessing the young students surrounded by supportive community members. There were so many volunteers, that at times I saw young men huddled in the center of 4-5 mentors. The look of awe- even disbelief- in students’ eyes as they made their way through the crowd of ‘Dads’ was astonishing.
So often these days, men are disparaged, maligned and presented as in-human animals. Well, not all of us are that bad. I know many will say that this attack on men is not meant to be all men, but if you read the headlines, view the news pieces and read social media, they are constantly bashing men. The general feel men have these days is that of neanderthal, it may not be intended but it is what many feel is being represented by the “news” and woman’s groups, a constant chorus of how bad we men really are.
Kristina Chäade’ Dove is a senior manager for Big Thought, a non-profit organization that works to improve educational opportunities for students and an event planner wrote on her Facebook page.
The Dallas ISD Assistant Police Chief Jason Rodriguez was one of the 600 men who showed up and he tweeted:
Words cannot describe the impact mentoring youth can have on both you and your mentee,” he tweeted. “Powerful to see a community of fellow men and fathers come together to wrap their arms around or young men. Thank you for having me out.
So know there are still plenty of good men around who want to improve their communities and the world.
Have a great day, smile and, if possible, do a random act of kindness today.