14-year-old Alecia from Haleyville, Alabama, has known Daniel Donaldson since 2019 when he was her coach. Donaldson is a youth sports coach and has three kids of his own, but when he heard of what she faced in the foster care system, he and his wife Tiffany decided to take her home.
The teen adjusted well into the family, and when Donaldson’s birthday came around this year, she surprised him with the perfect gift. On his birthday, the family with Tiffany’s help presented to him an adoption request during a special beach ceremony.
A heartwarming video of the event has gone viral on social media and shows Alecia tying a handkerchief blindfold around Donaldson’s head before having him hold a series of signs facing the camera. “This man here started out as just my coach,” the signs read. “But he stepped up when he didn’t have to.
“He is now not only my coach, my encourager, my protector, my provider, but now the man I call daddy. I have been part of this family for 524 days but today for his birthday I want to ask him if we can make it official. “He has no clue that I’m about to ask him to adopt me! Please take and read this note … then turn around.”
After removing Donaldson’s blindfold and reading the provided note, he turned to see his kids and wife holding signs asking him: “Let’s make it official! Will you adopt me?” The hug he gave Alecia was the answer she was looking for.
“I will always remember that day and the hug he gave me,” she said. “When he hugged me I felt so happy and safe.” What a beautiful gift that was for Alecia, she will always remember that day. Family is our source of strength and our safe place from the many trials and challenges the world gives us.