There is an epidemic of absentee fathers in some communities in this country. While the growing social problem has dire consequences, it can be embarrassing for the kids who have to attend events that are meant exclusively for dads and their sons. That’s what was about to happen at one school when an administrator realized that more than half of the boys didn’t have their fathers in their lives.
125 male students signed up for the event. When the event manager realized the issue, she posted to Facebook, asking for men to show up as volunteer mentors for the young boys attending the breakfast.
Kristina Dove, a senior partner relations manager at Big Thought and the event’s manager, was informed that not all of the students had a father in their lives. 90 percent of the families who live in the poverty-stricken area have no father in the household.
So, to prevent any child from feeling embarrassed at the breakfast, Dove posted on Facebook asking for any male father figures to show up to the Dallas middle school on December 14.
“Please Share! Men Needed! 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 posted in early December.
“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,” she concluded.
When the day of the event arrived, Dove and the young men were amazed when 600 men showed up.
According to the Daily Mail, the men were not only interested in eating breakfast with the young student’s ages ranging from 11 to 13. Many of them stayed long past the event and vowed to become a mentor to the students.
“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,” a local pastor said before the event began.
Many of the mentors showed the young students how to properly tie a tie. Dove told ABC News that she couldn’t contain her emotions after seeing the outpouring of support.
“I started crying behind my camera,” she recalled. “The back of my camera was fogging up.” Dove indicates that she plans to create additional events for the male students to interact with the mentors in the near future.