Davion Only, 15, center, gets a hug from Dorothy Whitlock of St. Petersburg after he got up to speak about himself, and how badly he wants a family, at the close of a Sunday service at St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church. Whitlock, a social worker, adopted her son nearly 23 years ago, and with tears in her eyes, offered some words of encouragement to Davion. (Courtesy Melissa Lyttle, Tampa Bay Times)
Today's tear-jerker is brought to you courtesy of the Tampa Bay Times, where staff writer Lane DeGregory tells the story of a teen who has been an orphan his whole life and who is now asking churchgoers to adopt him before he ages out of the system.
Davion Navar Henry Only has spent all 15 years of his life hoping his parents would come back for him, but this June he found out his 55-year-old mother had died and he decided it was time to get serious about getting his life in order.
He brought his grades up, changed his attitude and even lost weight hoping to be a suitable son for anyone who would give him the time of day, the Times reports.
In a moment of desperation, Only asked his case worker Connie Going to take him to St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church on a Sunday in September.
Wearing a donated suit, Only stood in front of the 300-member congregation and pleaded for one of the churchgoers to adopt him.
"I'll take anyone," Only told the Times. "Old or young, dad or mom, black, white, purple. I don't care. And I would be really appreciative. The best I could be."
It seems Only may be getting close to a loving family, The Department of Children and Families tells the Sentinel that hundreds of people have called asking about the teen and he's appeared on several newspapers and websites.
For more information on Only or his peers, call (866) 233-0790. To read the full story, click here to visit the Tampa Bay Times' website.