Generous family saves two little kids they found on a trash heap
Future prospects are usually bleak for the children of homeless families. Their parents may not be able to show them what a "normal" life looks like, with a home, a job, hobbies, and friends. For these two homeless children from Pasco County, Florida, life started out pretty hopeless too. They lived with their drug-addicted parents in a little tent in the woods behind a church.
Pasco County also happened to be the home of Kirsten and Ronnie Stewart and their three children. In fact, Ronnie was the pastor of the church, where Kirsten also worked. One day leaving work they found two shockingly unkempt, tiny boys sitting between bags of garbage — one was two years old, the other only seven months. They were wearing nothing but diapers. Kirsten and Ronnie realized they were the children of a couple who often came to the church's soup kitchen for free meals.
Kirsten recalled the boys' condition when they found them: "They were covered in bug bites, head to toe. They were so filthy, that we actually had to bathe, and drain, and bathe again, two different times. The toddler who did have shoes on didn't have any socks on. When we took his shoes off, the little skin on the top of his feet actually came off."
The sympathetic couple couldn't just watch from the sidelines while these little boys languished without any adult attention. They felt obliged to help them. Ronnie looked for the parents and asked if he could take the children home with him for a night, simply offering warm shelter and a good meal. The two boys' parents agreed immediately.
Ronnie and Kirsten brought the boys back to their parents the next morning, as they had arranged. On the following day when they were leaving church again, the boys' parents unexpectedly approached them. They were with a social worker who'd been made aware of the neglect and wanted to take the kids away from them, though to protect the children's privacy, the Stewarts haven't revealed all the details of the case.
The boys' biological parents wanted to make sure at all costs that their children wouldn't end up in foster care. So they asked Kirsten and Ronnie if they would be willing to take the boys again for a few days until the homeless family had a long-term solution. Even though they already had three children of their own, the Stewarts said yes.
Originally, Kirsten and Ronnie wanted to have more children. But literally six weeks before they found these two boys, Kirsten had learned that she couldn't get pregnant again. Now the little ones have been living with them for a year. And the Stewarts managed to raise nearly four times what they expected on Gofundme to officially adopt them, with the parents' full consent! For Kirsten and Ronnie, finding these homeless children seemed like a sign that they were supposed to have more children after all.
A huge community of people came together to make it financially possible to pay for the legal and procedural adoption fees.
The boys went from the most painful neglect to being surrounded by loving, caring people in one of the best turnaround stories you could imagine! What a big-hearted family — and the now healthy boys are just glowing with their newfound happiness.