Single Parents Day is coming up on March 21st - a day to celebrate the devotion and sacrifice that goes into raising a child on your own. Someone who understands this very well is one very inspiring single father from Arkansas.
Single Parents Day is coming up - a day to celebrate the devotion and sacrifice that goes into raising a child on your own. Someone who understands this very well is one very inspiring single father from Arkansas. Trenton Lewis, 21, would do anything for his 14-month-old daughter Karmen. So when Karmen was just 7 months old, Lewis secured himself a job at a UPS facility in Little Rock to help him provide for his baby girl.
The big challenge? The UPS facility was 11 miles (17 kilometres) from Lewis’s house and Lewis didn’t have a car to drive there and back. Determined to not let this get in the way of supporting Karmen, Lewis decided to walk the incredible distance to and from work for seven months straight. With a 4am start time, that’s a long way to be walking in the dark! "My pride is strong," Lewis told CNN. "Whatever [Karmen] needs, I'm the person who is supposed to provide it for her."
Of course, Lewis wasn’t one to boast about his sacrifice to his co-workers. But they discovered the gruelling commute Lewis was undertaking every day and decided to rally together to help the single Dad. Leading the charge was Patricia "Mama Pat" Bryant, who – true to her name – “was like a second Mom” to Lewis. Bryant and her husband Kenneth, who have both worked for UPS for almost forty years, secretly shared Lewis’s story around the UPS facility and asked if anyone was willing to spare a few dollars to help Lewis out. Those few dollars quickly turned into a $2000 collection, with many of the donations made by workers who didn’t even know Lewis personally but were touched by his story.
The Bryants used the money to purchase a high-quality second-hand car to make Lewis’s journey a bit more manageable. They then surprised an unsuspecting Lewis with the keys to the 2006 Saturn Ion, after calling an impromptu “union meeting” in the UPS car park. The heart-warming moment was captured on video by UPS worker Fred Stephens and shared on Facebook, attracting over 150,000 views so far. Lewis was “emotionally moved” by the generous gift, saying, “God always has something for you. I’m never going to forget this ever.” And of course, the awesome single Dad celebrated by driving Karmen to a restaurant in the new wheels!
Trenton Lewis is just one of the many single parents out there working hard to provide for their children. Make sure you let all the single parents in your life know how much you respect and admire their dedication this Single Parents Day!