Jake the Flower Vendor

Jake the Flower Vendor

This is Jake a 7 year old flower vendor on streets. He is one of the recipients of Dycom’s contribution to society. I was walking by trying to get home when he approached me and said “Big brother may you please by some flowers so I can buy myself a dinner”? I immediately told him to come with me because I saw a nearby fast food restaurant. While we were walking towards the store I asked him a few questions. His name, age, how long he has been doing his job and why he is doing it. He gave me typical answers, he’s doing it to help his family, and he was with her grandma who was selling flowers on the other side of the highway.

His condition in life pinch my heart a little because I have a 7 year old daughter, I whispered to myself “Thank You Lord”. When we were about to enter the food store the guard said he cannot go in, I asked why and he said that vendors like him is not allowed to go inside even if they have money to buy. I was so irritated and disappointed that these establishments treat children like Jake a reproach of the society. The kid really love their Spaghetti and Fries so even if I don’t want to buy from them anymore and I am boycotting this store I went inside and happily bought him his dinner. I handed the food to him and said can I take a picture? He nodded and then told me I will go to my friend and share this with her, she was also a flower vendor. He races away from me with a smile and joy all over his face.