Everyone always says that family is the strongest bond. When everything else is going wrong in a person’s life, their family is always there to catch them and help make things better.
Tommy Connolly was a true testament to that fact when his younger cousin needed help. Tommy had a typical college life, studying, making connections, and finding his way in the adult world. While many college students are already overwhelmed with their own dilemmas, Tommy stepped right up to the plate when his 17-year-old cousin was in trouble.
The teenager, whom Tommy hadn’t actually seen in over ten years, was having an extremely hard time. She had dropped out of school, was battling some substance abuse problems, and was currently homeless. On top of all of that, the 17-year-old was eight months pregnant.
The young girl was really struggling, had nowhere else to turn, and ended up reaching out to Tommy as a last resort. Tommy didn’t even hesitate before deciding to go all out and help his younger cousin.
He went out and picked his pregnant cousin up, took her back home with him, and then made all of the arrangements to legally adopt the girl. Tommy did all of this without his cousin even asking him to; he just knew it was the right thing for him to do.
Tommy didn’t have any intentions on just giving the young girl a mere shoulder to cry on and a couch to sleep on for a night. He wanted to make sure that she kept the baby, stayed off the streets, and was given a real chance at having a better life.
On Instagram, Tommy shared, “Life dealt [her] a poor hand, and she’s had to play it best she could. She’s spent more time on the streets than anywhere else, and knows the police better than she knows her own family.” He couldn’t stand to let a member of his own family live like that anymore, let alone bring a child into that life.
So, almost immediately after Tommy took the teenager in, he technically became a grandfather. The girl had a beautiful little boy who won’t have to go through any of the traumatic things his mother experienced, all thanks to her kind-hearted cousin.
Tommy also shared on Instagram that his cousin is doing very well. He’s taken her to multiple doctors appointments, set her up to get braces, helped her get her driver’s license, and is helping her get the education she has always deserved. On top of all of that, Tommy even got the girl a kitten to keep her company.
Tommy admits that while his cousin has already come so far, there’s still much to be done. But he’s happy to have been able to give her the life she deserves. He explains, “I’ve had my family pull my head out of the gutter before… It was time to pay it forward. Family comes first.”
All images credit to Tommy Connolly / Facebook.