Parents do so much for us. They feed us, keep us safe, buy us gifts, and teach us lessons.
With most people spending at least 18 years under their parents’ roofs, it feels impossible to pay them back for all they’ve done. YouTuber Lejuan James, an Orlando native, certainly felt that way.
“My parents have done so much for my siblings and I,” James said in a 2017 video. “I am forever indebted to them.”
Still, he wanted to give back what he could. So, in August 2017, he gave them a present they would never forget.
Seeing his parents’ financial situation, Lejuan James made a resolution to give back.
At the end of 2016, James came up with a New Year’s resolution: buying his parents a house. Unlike most resolutions that end up being broken partway through January, James stuck to his plan for several months, working with a realtor to ensure it could happen.
His family had been really struggling ever since the 2007 financial crisis; since then they had to give up two homes and move into a rental.
Both parents had to work multiple jobs just to keep up. Still, James was completely unaware when it started.
“Growing up, I never needed anything. I always had presents under the tree, food on the table, and a roof over my head,” he said. “They did such a marvelous job of raising us without us ever knowing their daily struggles.”
Yet, as he grew older, he became more aware of their struggles. By the time he made his resolution, Carlita Ortiz, his grandma, had developed brain cancer.
This put further strain on the family’s finances.
“The best cancer specialists were in Rhode Island to take care of her,” James told E News. “So my mom literally moved back and forth, back and forth.”
“We would stay over there to take care of my grandmother, so throughout this whole process, she put herself in a tough bind and a financial situation where she ended up losing her house, ended up losing some of the businesses.”
While his mother remained headstrong in spite of all this, James couldn’t watch as his parents fell further into debt. So, after five months, he finally revealed his plan.
When James told his parents about the home he bought them, confusion was followed by tears.
When the day finally came to show off the new home, James led his parents blindfolded down the street. When they opened their eyes, they were immediately brought to tears.
It wasn’t long before James was crying as well.
He gave them a tour of the home and the tears just grew and grew. Even after the reveal, when James was filming the end of his video, he started crying. It’s clear that this man loves his family very much.
“Mommy and Poppy, I just want you to know how much I love you,” he said in the video. ” Thank you so much for all you have done for me.”