Fatherless Caucasian Boy Finds A Lifelong Dad In His African American Neighbor

African American man holding Caucasian babyby Debbie Gruber / photo: Cody Shugart

This beautiful story proves that relationships, love and humanity can transcend any racial barrier. Here's Cody Shugart's heartwarming story: 

"A lot of people like this picture. I wanted to take a minute to tell the story. Milton West was my childhood next door neighbor. I knew him as Mr. Chip.

He retired from DOW chemical as an operator. He has always been there for me since I was two years old.

Growing up without a father was always difficult for me. But the good lord surrounded me with great men, Mr.Chip was one of them. He constantly preached the value of an education, taught me how to take care of a yard, he taught me to see people for who they are not what they look like, he taught me how to treat my mother like a saint and many other life lessons. His contributions to me becoming a good son, man and father were huge.

I am forever grateful to God for putting him in my life.

This past May my wife and I had a little boy named Bob Wayne Shugart.

When Mr. Chip and his wife Shirley saw him they fell in love with him. They babysit him sometimes and we go and visit when we can. The last time we were over there Mr. Chip said he wants to be called “POP”. He says that’s his grandson. So we had to come up with a name for his wife. We decided on Lolli!!!!

So we tell Bob Wayne we are going to see Lolli Pop!!! I’m grateful that Lolli and Pop will be a part of my son's life. If he learns half the things from Mr. Chip as I did he will become a great son, man and father.

Everyday I read something negative and how race relations are worse than ever. I disagree and I hope this is a positive loving message to many people. This is just one story in little Victoria, Texas. I'm sure there are millions of similar stories across the United States."

This story brought tears to my eyes. It gives me hope that racial divide can be overcome.

black and white hands

I believe that one day people will stop seeing color, and realize it's what's on the inside that counts. All of the important things - our love, compassion, and humanity, live in our hearts. Our hearts are on the inside. Our skin color, which doesn't matter, is on the outside.

Here at Shoe Sprinkles, hearts are a treasured symbol. We put them everywhere. Even on our socks. 

Hearts On Our Socks

These fuzzy heart socks are one of my favorites. They never fail to put a smile on my face and remind me that the heart is the source of all the important things. 

fuzzy heart socks - shoe sprinkles

Your Turn . . . 

Do you think the day will come when we will all look beyond someone's skin color, and just focus on their character?



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  • Evelyn on

    Will there come a time I am 86 so probably not in my lifetime but it is comiing

  • Evelyn on

    We have several boys but I am not their colour I do not think anybody notices I am grandma to them no problem.

  • Ione Palmer on

    I had happy tears when I read this wonderful story & I shared it on Facebook & I pray anyone who reads it will get the message " All lives Matter."

  • Jerlyn Dowe Roderique on

    Such a beautiful story


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