In September, the Star-Telegram’s Bryan Bastible wrote about Yevette Vasquez, a single mom from Fort Worth who took unusual measures to make sure that her son didn’t feel left out at school.
While dropping her 12-year-old son, Elijah De Leon, off at school, Vasquez noticed more cars than usual.
“Her son told her it was because of a ‘Donuts with Dad’ event,” Bastible wrote. “Not wanting her to son to miss out, the single mom returned to the school with a mustache, a button-up shirt and a Rangers ballcap.”
Vasquez posted about it on Facebook. Her story went viral. As of this writing, it’s been shared nearly 6,700 times.
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Fox 4, NBC 5. WFAA/Channel 8, Telemundo 39 and CNN covered it, as did Eye Opener, a national show that’s based in Dallas and airs on KDAF/Channel 33. According to another Facebook post by Vasquez, she received interview requests from Canada, Mexico, the Netherlands, Afghanistan and the United Kingdom.
Celebrities linked to stories about it, including Snooki, George Lopez and Steve Harvey — who will feature Vasquez and Elijah on Monday’s edition of his afternoon talk show. It’s part of an episode in which Harvey will feature the people behind some of his favorite act-of-kindness viral stories.
In an advance clip of the show, Vasquez tells Harvey that her story had gone viral by the time school was out that day. “I even got proposed to a few times,”says Vasquez, whose Facebook page says she lives in Fort Worth but is sometimes identified as being from Crowley.
“You know what, Elijah? You got a pretty good mon,” Harvey says. “She’s pretty fly, too.”
Stever Harvey airs at 2 p.m. weekdays on KXAS/Channel 5.