Dad Working 3 Jobs To Make Ends Meet Surprises Daughter With Dream Dress

"This is more than a kid getting what they want. It’s a little girl realizing how loved she is.”

When Ricky Smith's 14-year-old daughter, Nevaeha, discovered her dream dress, she immediately asked her mother and father if it was within their price range.

"I looked at the price and I was like, 'Uh, not really sure, but I can see what I can do,'" Ricky told ABC News.

But, despite already juggling shifts at three jobs — McDonald's, Popeye's, and the Circle K convenience store — the 36-year-old Pittsburgh dad was determined to make his daughter's eighth grade dance one she'd never forget.

After telling Nevaeha's mom, Kelly Anne, about his plan and his purchase, she suggested he surprise the young girl. Thus, upon visiting her father during his shift at McDonald's, Nevaeha received the shock of a lifetime when she learned her father had worked extra hard to make her dream come true.

"I was working at McDonald's that day and I put the dress in the back," Ricky told ABC News. "She came and I brought it out and told her that her grandmother bought it for her and I told her, 'This ain't the dress you wanted, but I hope you like it.' "

While Nevaeha admitted she initially expected to find an "old lady dress" inside the purple garment bag, the now-viral video of this reveal shows both her immense astonishment and gratitude

"To see the look on her face, it was priceless," Ricky added. "All I can really do was smile."

"My heart felt like there was more love in it than there was before," Neveaha told ABC News. "I love him and I'm really happy that's he's my father."

Accompanied by Bob Carlisle's "Butterfly Kisses," this father-daughter moment highlighted every emotion. From her initial hesitance, to her sudden realization, to her overwhelming joy, Nevaeha's simultaneous tears and hugs were enough to inspire countless Twitter users to reach out and embrace their screens.

Twitter user @_Bellabyrinth also noted that the video clearly illustrates that this surprise reaches far beyond a simple dress.

"What makes this even sweeter is that instead of looking at the dress, she can't stop hugging her Dad and crying because she knows how hard he had to work for it and what that means," she wrote. "This is more than a kid getting what they want. It's a little girl realizing how loved she is."

Nevaeha (and the Internet) won't soon forget Ricky's heartfelt gesture. His actions demonstrate how far any loving dad would go to ensure his daughter has everything her heart desires, and her reaction emphasizes how much she appreciates the hard work he must endure every single day.

(H/T: ABC News)


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