23-Year-Old Becomes A Father And Grandfather In The Same Day By Adopting His 17-Year-Old Cousin

by Cassandra Morris
Cassandra is the Senior Editor of Original Content. She loves sweet tea, binge-watching Antiques Roadshow, and petting puppies.

Every once in a while, a story crosses your path that is so remarkable it takes your breath away.

Sure, there’s a lot of fascinating stuff on the internet — like talking cats, haunted mansions, and square-shaped dogs — but nothing compares to stories like this.

Tommy Connolly was a regular college student. He studied hard, hung out with friends, and worked part-time. When he wasn’t in class, he was training to be a champion sprinter.

But with one Facebook message, Tommy’s whole life was forever changed. Now, he’s supporting a daughter and a grandson, and still working hard to earn his degree.

His story is so moving, it’s taking the internet by storm. People are so touched by Tommy’s tale that in just 18 days, they’ve raised over $40,000 to help support him.

What do you think of this young man’s story? I think it’s one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever heard.

Please SHARE if your heart was warmed by Tommy and his new family!

h/t: Daily Mail

23 year old grandfather tommy connolly

Tommy Connolly was a 23-year-old college student, athlete, and part-time worker when his whole world changed.

Without any notice, he became a father — and seven days later, he would become a grandfather.

23 year old grandfather tommy connolly

It all started when Tommy received a Facebook message from his cousin, 17-year-old Angela*.

In the years since they’d seen one another, Angela had struggled through tragedy.

After battling addiction and dropping out of school, Angela found herself pregnant, homeless, and without family.

She reached out to Tommy in an act of desperation.

* Angela’s identity has been concealed for legal reasons.

23 year old grandfather tommy connolly

Tommy didn’t think twice. Without Angela even asking, he picked her up, brought her home, and legally adopted her.

He wanted to make sure she could “keep the baby, stay off the streets, and have a better life.”

A week later, she gave birth to a son.

Tommy did homework in the hospital while she recovered.

23 year old grandfather tommy connolly

Now, while Tommy continues his studies, he works full-time to support his new family — and he does so happily.

“It’s not her fault,” Tommy said of his cousin. “She’s just a little girl who needed help.”

23 year old grandfather tommy connolly

While news of Tommy’s generosity has spread worldwide, he remains humble and unimpressed with his deeds.

“I know what I’ve done is a really good thing, but I feel guilty I’m getting all this attention,” he said.

23 year old grandfather tommy connolly

He doesn’t consider himself a hero, and he hopes more people will help others when they can.

“If it’s one or two years of my life I have to put on hold, to make sure two lives are going to be saved, it’s nothing at all.”

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