Every year, when Valentine’s Day arrives, our city is suddenly filled with an atmosphere of love. Expensive red roses, heart-shaped chocolates, and special gifts seem to be a routine part of Valentine’s Day.
It is the desire of many women to receive these gifts, not only to see their own value, but also to see their place in the heart of the other person. As you can imagine, this festival also makes many single women feel lonely and isolated.
In view of this, entrepreneur Taylor Doe and his group of young men have been delivering chocolates and roses to women working at fast food restaurants in a small town in the United States since Valentine’s Day 2016. In a small town in the United States, Taylor Doe and his group of young men have been delivering chocolates and roses to women working in fast food restaurants on Valentine’s Day.
Not only did they deliver chocolates and roses, but the young men also dressed up. Every year, Taylor Doe rents tuxedos and a limousine for them, while bringing renewal to the lives of these young people. Their act of kindness has even made the front page of Oklahoma’s largest newspaper.
As a predominantly black, low-income neighbourhood, the East Side of Oklahoma City is not perceived very well. But on Valentine’s Day, a story appeared in the news about young black men from the East Side who dressed up in a formal tuxedo, with a limousine, walked into fast food restaurants, and gave chocolates and roses to the women working on Valentine’s Day.
This exciting act simply surprised people’s perceptions of the East Side!
Taylor Doe met these young people when they were only eight years old. Taylor Doe met them ten years ago while working at a school serving northeast Oklahoma City. He even moved to the east side to be closer to his family and students, and the young men are as close as his nephews.
Entrepreneur Tyler Doe Doe shared in a TED TALK how these young people feel in their tuxedos. They feel like a million bucks, even the way they walk, the way they dance, and the way they talk has changed.
As the gifts were being delivered, Tyler Doe and the men talked happily about how to do business while they sat in the limousine, imagined how to make money and gave these young men from the East End a glimpse of hope in life.
Valentine’s Day, with the participation of these young men, has warmed the community and inspired us to ask ourselves, who is alone on Valentine’s Day?
Valentine’s Day originates from a story of sacrifice for love, not limited to love between men and women. According to historical records, one of the stories of Valentine’s Day commemorates a priest in the Roman Empire who helped Christians escape from prison and sacrificed himself during the Third Century.
Regardless of the historical origin and whether we receive flowers or not, love is the hallmark of this holiday.