While finishing up his work, one man came across a surprising sighting.
Executive chef of Pasco County's Metropolitan Ministries Mark Purcell noticed bundles of trash bags outside an office door. He assumed that the sacks were merely donations left for the Florida ministry to give to those in need. Then he got a little bit closer to the garbage and realized that something was hidden behind them.
Two brothers were found filthy and dressed only in diapers. The eldest boy was two years old and the youngest, seven months old, was sitting in a car seat on top of a bag.
The children's mother had been cowering around the corner from where she left her kids. Metropolitan Ministries came to learn that the family was homeless and living in a tent in the woods.
Pastor Ronnie Stewart and his wife, Krystal, remembered seeing the boys eat at their partner church's soup kitchen. The parents of five decided to perform one act of kindness that ended up changing the boys' lives forever.
One November night the priest offered to clean up the children and take them out of the cold.
"They were covered in bug bites, head to toe. They were so filthy, that we actually had to bathe, and drain, and bathe again, two different times," said Krystal. "The toddler who did have shoes on didn't have any socks on. When we took his shoes off, the little skin on the top of his feet actually came off."
One night of taking care of the infant and toddler resulted in them staying with the Stewarts for five months.
They're now trying to raise money through their Go Fund Me page, so they can officially adopt the boys. While the parents have been praised for expanding their already large family of five, they believe this incident is all about providing a future for these little guys.
"We don't look at it as we are something special, we know that they are special, and we're just excited to be part of their journey," said Krystal.
Watch the video below to see how the couple came to receive custody over the young brothers.
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