Acts of Kindness
Son gifts poor parents dream home as ‘thank you’ for working hard to raise him all these years
"'It was such a genuine moment because it was just me pouring my heart out and telling them at that particular time, 'This is me trying to repay you guys for being the wonderful parents that you are.'"
Patricia Lynn
09.20.22

Parents sacrifice so much to make sure that their kids grow up healthy, happy, and supported in life. These sacrifices are a gift that we don’t always recognize, but it’s wonderful to take some time to reflect on how much our parents do for us.

After thinking long and hard about how blessed his life is, and realizing that so many of those blessings come from his parents’ dedication to him, one young man decided to give the ultimate thank you: he bought his parents a new home. Posting the reveal on social media generated an incredible amount of love and praise from the internet, and it was a delight to see his parents’ reactions.

Lejuan James’s parents worked hard to get him and his siblings to the place where they are now.

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As immigrants to the United States, his family had to work even harder to adjust to this country and settle themselves. Lejuan’s parents both worked two jobs for much of his youth, working days and nights. Now, Lejuan can recognize that their hard work enabled him to live a life where all of his needs were met. He also credits them for their ability to make it all look easy: he says they never made their children feel how hard it was for them.

He says that growing up opened his eyes to how hard his parents worked to give him a good life.

YouTube - Lejuan James
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YouTube - Lejuan James

Lejuan explains to E!:

“When you’re young and naive you don’t understand how hard your parents are working. My parents would bust their tail working overnights, working multiple shifts and they’d alternate to take care of us, it was three of us. And you don’t really understand until you’re a little older, then you understand the concept of money and how hard it is to get it and how easy it is to spend it.”

So he blindfolded them and led them down a suburban road to their dream home.

After all their hard work, Lejuan wanted to pay them back. His thank you came to them in the form of a house that he bought for them.

YouTube - Lejuan James
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YouTube - Lejuan James

In the beginning of the video, you can see him leading his parents down a road. They are both blindfolded so that when they are finally in front of the house, the reveal is even more incredible.

It’s an emotional moment for everyone.

YouTube - Lejuan James
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YouTube - Lejuan James

When the blindfolds are first taken off, both the mother’s and father’s jaws drop. Their shock is quickly replaced by heavier emotions. They both start sobbing, and that makes Lejuan start crying too. The family joins in a big hug as the parents realize their lives are changed forever.

YouTube - Lejuan James
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YouTube - Lejuan James

Then he leads them into the house for a tour.

This new home has so much potential, and it’s easy to get excited imagining what Lejuan’s family will do with the space. The video shows a montage of what the interior looks like, with tile and hardwood floors and big spaces.

YouTube - Lejuan James
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YouTube - Lejuan James

It’s a gorgeous home, and for the reveal, it got decorated with a pretty red bow. With two floors and a large kitchen, it will be a delight for his parents to live there.

He posted the video on his YouTube channel, and so many people are in awe of this act.

The video has over 2 million views on YouTube alone, and so many comments commending him for doing this.

One person wrote:

“It is super touching how he cries with his lovely parents. What a blessing. And the shirt says it all God is Good!”

YouTube - Lejuan James
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YouTube - Lejuan James

Someone else says:

“You made me cry…. that’s the best gift a son can his parents, you showed your true love and appreciation for your parents. And you look like your dad. ❤️”

This act of gratitude is emotional for everyone.

YouTube - Lejuan James
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YouTube - Lejuan James

Although Lejuan’s parents are the ones who had their lives changed, it’s emotional for their son as well. This is an opportunity for him to reflect on how his parents’ love and dedication got him where he is in life now, and to have the chance to care for them deeply as well. He had been wanting this for a long time, so seeing this dream finally being realized is emotional.

He also explains that this is him showing his love to his parents:

“You know it’s hard for us kids sometimes to express how much we love our parents, even though they know it. It’s hard actually verbally to come out and say it. It’s not like something that you constantly do. It was such a genuine moment because it was just me pouring my heart out and telling them in that particular time, ‘This is me trying to repay you guys for being the wonderful parents that you are.'”

Watch the tearjerking video below to see Lejuan surprise his parents with a home!

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By Patricia Lynn
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Patricia Lynn is a senior writer at Shareably. Patricia is based out of San Francisco and can be reached at hi@shareably.net.
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