At just 15 years old, Florida teen Davion Only has lived a life of loneliness no kid should ever have to endure. That's because young Davion has been an orphan since birth. Bounced around through foster care his entire childhood, he's never stayed long enough in any one place to have something he could call a "home." And he's certainly never had anything he could call a family.
But we're hoping all that is about to change.
Last week, Davion stood before a congregation at the St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church in St. Petersburg, Fla., and made a heartbreaking plea for a family.
"I'll take anyone," Davion said. "Old or young, dad or mom, black, white, purple. I don't care. And I would be really appreciative. The best I could be."
Well if that doesn't just melt your heart, we don't know what will. And not surprisingly, Davion's words have touched a lot of other hearts out there, too. According to reports, thousands of inquiries, comments and well-wishes have flooded in since he first gave his speech.
"We live in N.Y., but my husband just called the agency," wrote Denise Aponte Smith Kline, on an ABCNews.com story. "We are foster parents and we have had 13 children come through our doors over the last 5-6 years. All of them so very special." Kline added that she would be willing to adopt the boy if another local family didn't come forward.
And Davion has some other motives for making such a public outcry for a family: He's hoping his story will raise awareness about the reality of foster care.
"I just want people to know that it's hard to be a foster kid," he said. "People sometimes don't know how hard it is and how much we try to do good."
"It's not really cool not to have anybody," he continued. "I'm pretty happy and excited that people are calling and asking to talk to me and possibly be my family."
And just what would that family mean to him? "It will make me have more courage and it will make me look brighter and feel better in general," he said.
OK, now go on. Grab that box of tissues.