As a kid, how far would you have gone to do your homework? For this 9-year-old Filipino boy, doing so requires setting up a makeshift table on the street by a McDonald's, using the restaurant's light to study every night.
Along with his mother and two siblings, Daniel Cabrera has been living in an eatery nearby since their house was eaten by a fire. Daniel often goes to school without food or an allowance, and spends his nights studying by the light of the McDonald's. But all that changed when a 20-year-old Joyce Gilos Torrefranca spotted the hardworking boy and posted pictures of him studying on Facebook.
Torrefranca's photo, accompanied by the caption, "I got inspired by a kid <3," went viral and news stations tracked Daniel down. Since then, Filipinos have been clamoring to give him support. Daniel and his family reportedly received financial assistance, school supplies and uniforms, a reading lamp, and thanks to a local politician named Samuel Pagdilao, a scholarship offer that will help the 9-year-old through college so he can fulfill his dream of becoming a cop.
The generosity was overwhelming. "We're overjoyed," his mom, Christina Espinosa, said. "I don't know what I will do with all of these blessings. Now, Daniel will not have to suffer just to finish his studies."
For her part, Torrefranca said she was touched that people reacted the way they did. "I didn't think that a simple photo can make a huge difference," she wrote on Facebook. "Thank you guys for sharing the photo. With that, we were able to help Daniel in reaching him dreams."
Someday, when that 9-year-old boy grows up to become a cop, he'll remember this moment as the one that changed his life.
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