“Here I am, Mom.” Cherie Alvis will never forget those words. The East Texas resident posted a photo of herself on Facebook hoping that her 22-year-old son, who was put up for adoption as an infant, would see it. Now, thanks to the help of a stranger, the two have been reunited.
Alvis put her son up for adoption at age 17, deeming herself unfit to take care of him as a parent. At the time she didn’t even have a place to live.
She recently posted a photo to Facebook asking for help to find her son, posting his name, birthday and birthplace. After the photo was shared across Facebook many times, a stranger named Sherry Riley decided to jump in and help Cherie.
Riley looked up birth records and pinpointed Alvis’ son, who today goes by the name Clark Alldridge. His family sent Alvis a photo of him around Christmastime and Clark eventually posted on Alvis’ Facebook timeline “Here I am, Mom.”
Clark knew he was adopted his whole life and understood why he’d been put up for it by his biological mother at the time. Alvis and the Alldridges now hope to be in each other’s lives forever.
Now that the two are reunited, the love between the two of them is reignited and had never really gone away. And it was all possible thanks to a simple Facebook post, showing the magical power social media can have in people’s lives.
If that doesn’t restore your faith in humanity, what will?