This teenager was going around a neighborhood asking for help. Everyone turned him away, until one man did something incredible.
One afternoon, this young man found himself needing help in a neighborhood. He had a huge problem that he needed to fix immediately. Unfortunately, he couldn’t fix the problem by himself, but nobody would listen to him. The more he tried to get help, the more people turned away from him. Finally, one man opened his door. The man did so to scare the teen at first, but then everything changed.
Cody’s your average teenager. He’s fourteen and goes to the local high school, but there was something else on his mind. His problem was so big that he couldn’t handle it on his own. He would need a neighborhood by his side to help him sort everything out, but no one would listen to him. Cody ran from door to door, banging and pleading for help. And then, a man finally opened his door. But what the man did after left everyone in amazement.
It’s not easy being a child in today’s society. With the rise of technology and social media, kids are more vulnerable than ever. And it seems like peer-pressure is skyrocketing. The people shut Cody out because they assumed that he had found himself in some kind of trouble. But why was he trying so hard to get help? He was clearly in some sort of predicament.
As Cody was walking, the harsh sun was beating down on him. He figured he was ready for anything to happen, but it was obvious that he wasn’t. On top of the heat, Cody was being rejected over and over again. Things weren’t looking too good for him. Until he walked up to the door that nobody would have ever expected to answer. But Cody walked up to it, knocked, and was surprised to get an answer.
Cody couldn’t understand why everyone was shutting their door on him. He needed help immediately, and no one was willing to listen. Door after door, Cody found nothing but rejection. It seemed as if nobody cared that the young boy was in trouble. Cody continued to try, but he was just getting discouraged. He didn’t need the rejection. Until he walked up to one yard in particular.
Cody was determined to get help, so he made his way to another house. He was exhausted at this point. He had been to a majority of the houses by now. It was the middle of the day, the sun was hot, and Cody was feeling dehydrated. But he wouldn’t give up, so he continued on to the next house. He told himself that if he was turned away, he would stop looking. That was when something unbelievable happened.
As Cody walked up to the house, Ryan Cox began to move. He could hear something in his yard, but he didn’t know what was going on. The noise startled him, so he walked to the front door. That’s when he saw Cody about to knock on his door. Surprised by the door opening, Cody started to mumble through the speech he prepared. Ryan, who was annoyed at the intrusion, started to shut his door. “Please, I really need your help,” Cody quickly said.
It’s pretty safe to assume that Cody’s desperation got Ryan’s attention. He couldn’t understand why this kid needed his help so badly. But Cody was taken aback by the attention. He was stumbling all over his words, making a disaster out of his first impression. He could tell that Ryan was getting annoyed. He began to gesture towards Ryan’s yard, saying it looked a little shabby. But this wasn’t the best way to get Ryan’s attention.
Ryan asked Cody why his yard looked disgraceful, putting Cody in the spotlight. Cody was still stumbling. “Sir, just let me explain,” he said. The situation was not going how Cody planned. That was when Cody said something that Ryan couldn’t ignore. Cody told Ryan that he needed money. Ryan was about to turn around and walk away, but he stopped. He decided to ask Cody exactly what it was he was trying to accomplish, and that was when everything changed.
Cody went through his pitch again, this time with more confidence in his voice. Cody explained to Ryan that he just wanted to mow his lawn. Cody then went around the corner to get his lawnmower he had brought along with him. He told Ryan that he desperately needed some money for something. Ryan then asked Cody what he needed the money for. Cody’s answer left Ryan speechless. As Cody began to explain, Ryan was in shock.
Cody dropped a bombshell on Ryan Cox that day. When Ryan asked him what his motivation was, Cody’s answer floored him. Cody explained to Ryan that he hadn’t ever taken his girlfriend on a real date. He explained that he wanted to bring her out to a nice lunch, but he just didn’t have enough money. And that’s why he was trying to mow lawns. His response brought something out of Ryan that nobody ever expected.
Ryan was touched by Cody’s gesture. Unlike other kids that just take their parent’s money, Cody had come up with a plan. He was only fourteen and he was already trying to make his own money. And for a really good cause. That was when Ryan took Cody door to door to ask for help on Cody’s behalf. People immediately said yes once they saw Ryan. As people learned Cody’s story, his support began to grow.
Finally, people were responding to Cody. They were opening up their homes and yards to Cody’s services. Cody was even offered date advice by one gentleman. “I told him, I know you’re in high school and it’s embarrassing to walk around with them, but get her flowers,” said Timmy Jaramillo. Ladies really do like flowers. And Jaramillo was right! As soon as Cody gave the flowers to his lady, she was ecstatic! But it gets even better!
Ryan posted about Cody and it went viral! Jesse Lopez, a restaurant owner, heard the story as well. For their first real date, Cody wanted to bring his girlfriend to Jesse’s restaurant. As soon as Jesse heard, she set a table for the two of them. She even paid for their meal! That sure is a beautiful way to support young love! Luckily, Cody was able to have the last laugh in the whole situation.
Cody made enough money to bring his girlfriend out to dinner and buy her flowers! “I didn’t know it was going to blow up that big,” said Cody. He explains how he was completely moved by his community’s support. If it wasn’t for them, he never would have been able to bring his girlfriend on a date. And thanks to Jesse Lopez paying for their meals, he still has enough money for another date!