Houston native Stefun Darts, 24, gave his grandparents a gift they’ll never forget: He gave them a $15,000 check to pay off the remaining mortgage on their home.
In addition to paying the mortgage, he also gave his grandparents a trip to the Bahamas.
Darts told the Epoch Times, it was very hard for him to save up for the last six years because those around him didn’t understand what he was trying to accomplish.
“Having to sacrifice friends, relationships, and fun was hard but I kept my eye on the focal,” he said.
The idea came to Darts when he was only in the second grade, recalling that it was God who gave him the instructions when his second-grade teacher, Ms. Kny, told the class to write out their goals.
He then realized what he was destined to do.
Stefun said his grandparents, Marilyn and Cecil Roberts, whom he lives with, were “moved that they didn’t have a mortgage anymore” since they had been making mortgage payments for more than two decades.
“They cried because they really couldn’t say much. My family was ecstatic about the gesture and was very surprised because this isn’t something you see every day,” he said.
Darts told the Epoch Times that the Robertses were unaware of his plans.
“They actually thought it was for my grandmother because her birthday was only a few days away.” He added, “I only told certain people which was family, and for those who couldn’t hold water I told them at the last minute.”
When asked if there is any advice he would give to those who may possibly want to follow in his footsteps, he said: “Be ready to learn what God is trying to teach you within that season.
“You have to go through pain in order to gain that knowledge that you’re seeking for. Embrace the struggle, and it truly will make you a better person,” he said.
The only thing Darts wished he could have done differently while he was saving was have a mentor. He said that if he did, he would have accomplished his goal before age 20.
Darts is a full-time college student majoring in Applied Science and is also the founder of a nonprofit organization called Caring Heart Youth Foundation. He told the Epoch Times that the organization’s purpose is to “uplift, motivate, and inspire the next generation of youth.”
He recalled an initiative Christmas 2015 when he and other volunteers took children on a Toys R Us shopping spree “and just watched them have fun and run around the store like a normal kid.”
“To see joy on someone else’s face, it’s priceless,” he said.