Daniel Cabrera is a young boy from the Philippines who dreams of becoming a policeman. Despite his dire situation, he has every intention of doing whatever is necessary in order to make his dreams come true. When a passerby happened to snap a photo of Daniel doing his homework on a street corner by the light of a McDonald’s, the image of the hardworking young boy spread quickly. The results were equally as inspiring as Daniel’s studious determination.
Daniel Cabrera comes from a poor family. Their home was recently destroyed in a fire, and Daniel Cabrera’s mother, Christina, works for an incredibly small daily wage. Still, according to Christina, Daniel truly does his part to be the best that he can be under the circumstances.
“He is a very studious and determined boy,” Christina said. “He always tells me, ‘Mama, I don’t want to stay poor. I want to reach my dreams.’”
The situation of the Cabrera family is difficult and unfortunately common, but in this one instance, the lucky photos posted to Facebook allowed for some incredible change. “I got inspired by a kid,” said Joyce Gilos Torrefranca, a student, when she took and posted the photos. All those who saw and shared her photos felt the same inspirational wave.
The post was shared thousands of times, and before long, the story had made it to local television. From there, it went on to reach people on a global scale, and Daniel’s incredible willingness to learn and work hard reached thousands more.
This was when the support came flooding in. Those affected by Daniel’s story took action, and their help made a world of difference. School supplies, clothes, and even a college scholarship were all donated to Daniel Cabrera so that he could continue to study and pursue his eagerness to learn. Plus, in direct response to Daniel’s use of the lighting of McDonald’s, he was gifted a brand new desk lamp.
“We’re overjoyed,” Daniel’s mother said. “I don’t know what I will do with all of these blessings…. Now, Daniel will not have to suffer just to finish his studies.”
Daniel may be just one boy, but he certainly represents a larger determination to better one’s situation and achieve one’s dreams. And those who offered Daniel assistance have assuredly shown that kindness is an excellent first step toward making those dreams come true.