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Boy misses his deployed dad so he knocks on neighbor's door with sweet request
He was just looking to fill the void.
Pamela Goldman
10.20.21

When you were a kid, you were probably assigned chores on a daily or weekly basis. And if you were lucky, your parents would often help you, turning it into bonding time.

Well this little boy, Brian Kelly, was used to doing yard work with his dad.

They would do yard work and play outside. But sadly,

Brian’s dad was deployed to Syria.

Molly Cravens
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Molly Cravens

After noticing his neighbors, the Cravens, outside doing some yard work, he went to them and asked if he could help!

Dean Craven couldn’t say no to such a sweet request and of course, said yes. It was clear Brian was missing his dad, and doing something that they used to do together might help relieve that pain a little!

Molly Cravens
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Molly Cravens

Brian now comes over every day to help Dean with yard work! Dean is happy to oblige because he’s had three daughters and is happy to be able to do classic father-son activities with Brian.

They’ve even started playing golf and basketball together!

Molly Cravens
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Molly Cravens

We’re sure Dean is also happy for the extra set of hands and to help teach Brian how to be the best helper he can be when his dad comes back from his deployment!

More than anything, this means he’s helping out Brian’s dad from afar. Dan, Brian’s father, would no doubt be overjoyed to know his neighbor was willing to step up to the plate and help his boy out while he was gone serving his country.

Molly Cravens
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Molly Cravens

With recent events and US troops often being pulled out of Syria, Brian might be getting his dad back soon!

Fingers crossed you see your dad again soon, Brian!

Molly Cravens, one of Dean’s daughters, captured some heart-wrenching moments of kindness while Brian was coming to help out and posted them on Twitter so that we could see the magic happen!

Molly Cravens
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Molly Cravens

Twitter users were blown away by Dean’s kindness and Brian’s willingness to work, and Molly’s tweet has even been liked over 20000 times!

Check out some of our favorite comments:

Mine too, Jessica, mine too. It’s not often we get a display of kindness and neighborly love like this!

Extend our thanks to The Cravens, Will! We need more neighbors like them!

Dads really are amazing! Dean’s so good at being a dad he’s being a dad for someone who isn’t even his kid! That’s dad overtime!

Brian’s mom knows the situation is temporary but is thankful for Dean spending time with Brian and providing a positive male role model for him in the meantime!

I can’t imagine how hard it must be to have a loved one away, fighting in a foreign country. Being unsure if you’ll see them again, and not being able to spend time with them would be so difficult, especially for a young boy like Brian!

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By Pamela Goldman
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Pamela Goldman is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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