A Pittsburgh dad played fairy godfather for his teenage daughter, taking on three jobs to get her the glamorous dress of her dreams for a school dance, according to CBS This Morning.
There’s something about school formals with their slow dances, dimmed lights and swish of cute dresses that make them extra special moments in the lives of teens. But of course, not everyone has the picture-perfect, Hollywood cliché experience of walking into a dress shop during the pre-formal fever, spotting the perfect dress and without any second thought buying it, even though it costs as much as a decent family car.
Nevaeha Smith, 14, fell in love with a light, floral dress for the eighth grade dance at Ringgold Middle School in Monongahela, Pennsylvania — but her pick came with a $200 price tag, according to ABC News.
“I said, ‘Mom, dad, I want this dress,’ ” Nevaeha said to ABC News. “Is it in our price range?”
Her father, Ricky Smith, 36, was ready to do what he could to make his little girl’s big day special, the outlet reported. Already working three jobs, six or seven days a week, the determined dad picked up extra shifts until he had saved enough to purchase his daughter’s dream dress.
For Nevaeha Smith, that perfect dress was far cheaper. However, at $200, it was still well out of her family’s price range. The 14-year-old soccer fan still told her parents about it, hoping there was some way they could make it work, even though with her dad working 3 jobs just to support them, she knew it was likely it won’t happen. As Fox News reported though, dad Ricky Smith was determined to give his daughter a magical dance.
Even though Smith usually works six or even seven days a week, he picked up extra shifts at his jobs at McDonald’s, Popeyes, and Circle K and finally managed to save up enough to buy the cute dress, knowing how much that would mean to Nevaeha. However, in mom Kelly Anne Flemming’s advice, he decided to have a little fun too and play a prank that would surprise the 14-year-old even more when the dress was revealed.
So he zipped up the dream dress in a garment bag and brought it to his daughter during one of his McDonald’s shifts and started filming. “This ain’t the dress you wanted, but I hope you like it,” Smith said, adding that the dress was bought by her grandmother. The teen was convinced she was about to get “an old lady dress,” she revealed to ABC News. But when he opened the garment bag, Nevaeha was overwhelmed, jumping up to hug her father.
Ricky decided to surprise Nevaeha with the help of her mom, Kelly Anne, ABC News reported.
He arrived to work his shift at McDonald’s, dress in hand, and stored it in the back room while he waited for his daughter to stop by.
Nevaeha, on the other hand, was preparing to receive “an old lady dress,” according to ABC News.
“She came and I brought it out and told her that her grandmother bought it for her and I told her, ‘This ain’t the dress you wanted, but I hope you like it,’ ” Ricky told the outlet.
The now-viral video shows Nevaeha embracing her dad and sobbing as he revealed the special purchase. Between her gasps and tight squeezes she could barely utter the words “It’s the dress!”
“To see the look on her face it was priceless,” Ricky said. “All I can really do was smile.”
“I’m grateful that he found a way to get me the dress and I really appreciate how many jobs he worked,” Nevaeha.