An Orphan’s Heartbreaking Plea
Davion Navar Henry Only is 15-years old and only understands the meaning of the word 'home' in theory. He was born in a prison and never knew his biological mother beyond her name. Recently, he learned she'd passed away. The Tampa Bay Times recently featured this young man's quest to find the place where he can finally put down roots.
Davion's an expert in Foster care, but can't conceive of what waking up in his own bed must feel like. He admits he's had anger about that, but last year he decided he didn't want to be mad anymore. He began studying hard in school and can now boast that he makes straight A's. Davion also started taking better care of his health by exercising and eating right. Now there's 40 pounds less of him. His motivation to be a better version of himself is because he wants desperately to be adopted.
Last month, the congregants at St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church watched as an unfamiliar young man in a borrowed suit, two-sizes too big, nervously stood before them and declared in a soft voice:
"My name is Davion and I've been in foster care since I was born. I know God hasn't given up on me, so I'm not giving up either. 'I'll take anyone: old or young, dad or mom, black, white, purple. I don't care. And I would be really appreciative. The best I could be."
Davion doesn't expect much beyond his humble request. If his new mom or dad wanted a son who loved sports, he's always wanted to play football. There there was just never anyone to carry him to practice. He wouldn't mind a bathroom door that locked, or permission to sleep with a nightlight on, but in the end he just wants to be part of a family.
Since speaking at St. Mark's, two couples have inquired about Davion, but he still hasn't found the parents he says he knows God has picked out for him.
Let's help Davion find them. Share his story so he can begin a new chapter in his life.
For more information about Davion, other foster children in the area or to offer financial assistance, call Eckerd at (866) 233-0790.