Nathaniel Kendrick is a crossing guard at Lakewood Elementary School in Dallas, Texas. Recently Kendrick fell on tough times, struggling to keep his finances afloat as he takes care of his sick wife.
“My mother told me long before she passed, ‘Take care of your wife.’ So I try my best,” says Kendrick in an interview.
While Kendrick dedicates much of his time to his dying wife, his finances started taking a hit. in fact his situation became bad enough that his car was repossessed.
That’s when a group of dads from the Friends of the Lakewood Community Organization came to Kendrick’s aid with a surprise that left him speechless.
The dads bought Kendrick a new car.
“What we decided to do was to get in the car, pull it around the corner, and park it in the middle of the crosswalk. Nobody does that,” says Russell McMillan, one of the organizers of this surprise.
As Kendrick was working his detail, the dads did just that and parked the car in the middle of the crosswalk. The driver got out and asked Kendrick to move it, handing him the keys while sharing the good news: “it’s your car.”
Kendrick was initially confused by the gesture, thinking the Mercury sedan belonged to someone else or was meant as a surprise for another crossing guard.
But he was overcome with emotion after he realized the car was for really for him.
All he could muster up were the words that sum up his experience quite nicely: “everything is good, I love y’all so much,” Kendrick said.
Click the image below to see cell phone video captured on the day Kendrick got the good news!
Inspiration for this story came from ABC News.