Morgan Porterfield is a young woman who will soon be heading out to college and leaving her parents house. She and her siblings have been supported by their, dad Jim, who was laid off last year. In 1981, Jim was injured in a serious car accident on his way to work, when he was struck by a drunk driver, according to a post from Porterfield in Love Matters. His rehabilitation took a long time, and though the railroad worked with him to find a place at the company, he was left with a number of physical and mental disabilities after his recovery, and was often in pain.
Porterfield tweeted photos about her dad that went quickly viral, sharing that he is struggling with his handicaps since he's been let go from his job. She had noticed he was saving pocket change, and wasn't sure why. Then he handed his collection over to her with a note:
As some know my dad is mentally and physically handicapped and so especially now that he’s older he’s unable to work or earn an income but he’s been saving his pocket change for the past month for some reason and I thought nothing of it til I came home from work to this today❤️ pic.twitter.com/rdEqu6u8rf— Morgan Porterfield (@morganp_2018) June 2, 2018
You can see the pennies, quarters, dimes, and nickels in his big medicine bottle:
And inside was a note with the amount inside, a drawing of a smiling heart, and the words, "Coffee money Love, Dad."
Everyone is completely overwhelmed by the sweetness of Jim's gesture to his daughter:
I read about your father’s story and I’m touched. You’re lucky to have him and he’s also lucky to have you ☺️— Hood But Artsy (@Ashtrologic) June 4, 2018
Much love ❤️
Going out for coffee was a special father/daughter bonding experience for the two, according to Porterfield.
"The bond I have with my dad has grown even stronger over the last few years," she writes. "Especially as I get closer to leaving for college, I have realized the extent his influence has had on my life.
I started working a part-time job this year, and dad and I have a common love for coffee! There was never a day in my life that I did not see my dad with a cup, or an insulated 7-11 Big Gulp, of coffee in his hand. It might have had something to do with the fact that he woke up by 5am every day so that family/friends/coworkers could pick him up to take him to work."
She says she had noticed him collecting the change, but when she actually read his message she started sobbing. She wanted to share how wonderful it made her feel to be considered in this way by him when he is struggling with so much, and she's been completely overwhelmed by that story has touched so many people.
"His positivity, kindness, and giving spirit deserve to be celebrated and I hope his story continues to touch peoples’ hearts and remind them of what is truly important in this crazy thing we call life," she says.
Porterfield set up a GoFundMe for her dad, because so many people were asking if they could send the pair some coffee money.
Do you have Venmo or Zelle? Let me send a little bit so you two can get a coffee or something— Pedro (@Peydro_) June 3, 2018
Bless his heart ❤️— Veggie Vince Ⓥ (@vincentazz) June 3, 2018
Found your gofundme page and sent over some money for coffees
Just sent you two some coffee money, ☕ 💰 from St.John's, Newfoundland, Canada 🍁. It's not much but it made me so happy to read so I had to help a little.— Susan Jane Wheeler (@susanjanemoore) June 4, 2018
this is so sweet, let your dad know he’s wonderful. i’ll see if i can send some money to your gofundme ♥️♥️— dani / 46 (@trashhkhan) June 4, 2018
I had to donate because this is adorable. Your dad is amazing! ❤️— We Not Linkin 🧜🏽♀️ (@dontgive_adamn) June 4, 2018
According to the GoFundMe, they have managed to secure disability funding for Jim, but that makes him ineligible for Medicaid. Hospital bills are extremely expensive and even decades later, he needs considerable care from his accident. A few other people related to how difficult it can be to manage a family while battling continuous physical hardship:
Love this story 😭 My dad was recently diagnosed with a rare blood disorder and he went from working ft on top of owning his own business to barely being able to get out of bed some days, chemo, & transfusions every other day. It's the little things that truly touch your heart💕— Phoenix FitEvolution (@LadyPhoenixFit) June 3, 2018
Absolutely, I’ve had family members who were disabled & I understand the cost of medical bills. As well as the fact I work with this population & love helping in anyway. Your father is so lucky to have such a supportive daughter!— We Not Linkin 🧜🏽♀️ (@dontgive_adamn) June 4, 2018
Porterfield is incredibly thankful for all the support:
I just want to thank everyone for how loving and supportive you have been. My father is my inspiration and I love him so much. In addition, he has a lot of medical needs so if you could retweet the go fund me in the replies it would mean so much. Love you all this is incredible💜— Morgan Porterfield (@morganp_2018) June 3, 2018
Hopefully the family is celebrating with coffee.