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Action Item: Orphan Goes to Church to Find a Family

I saw a link to this story from the Tampa Bay Times on a Facebook friend’s wall and it shattered my heart into pieces.

I just had to share it in the hopes that JETmag can help draw attention to the plight of young Davion Navar Henry Only and perhaps, in some small way, aid in his quest to find a family.

Read the introduction to this beautifully written story, “An Orphan Goes to Church and Asks Someone, Anyone to Adopt Him.”

ST. PETERSBURG — As soon as they pulled into the church lot, Davion changed his mind.

”Miss! Hey, Miss!” he called to his caseworker, who was driving. “I don’t want to do this anymore.”

In the back seat, he hugged the Bible someone had given him at the foster home. “You’re going to be great,” Connie Going said.

Outside St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church, she straightened his tie. Like his too-big black suit, the white tie had been donated. It zipped up around the neck, which helped. No one had ever taught Davion, 15, how to tie one.

”Are you ready?” Going asked. Hanging his head, he followed her into the sanctuary.

This had been his idea. He’d heard something about God helping people who help themselves. So here he was, on a Sunday in September, surrounded by strangers, taking his future into his own sweaty hands.

Davion Navar Henry Only loves all of his names. He has memorized the meaning of each one: beloved, brown, ruler of the home, the one and only.

But he has never had a home or felt beloved. His name is the last thing his parents gave him.

Then, please read the full article HERE.  There is information at the end with details on how to help Davion and others in his position.  Let’s spread the word far and wide.  And if you have an action item for us, aka a news story that simply begs our community’s attention and assistance, please tell us about it at digitalpitches@ebony.com.  Please include “Action Item” in your e-mail title.