Published June 16, 2013
A long-lost daughter and father who were reunited after 24 years discovered that they were much closer than they thought.
Will Russell has learned that he and his daughter Amy Roberson -- who he put up for adoption shortly after birth – have been volunteering at the same Phoenix Rescue Mission, Fox 10 News reports.
Now they are celebrating their first Father’s Day together in decades.
After tracking down Russell, Roberson called him one day and asked to meet him and any siblings she had.
"For me to hear on the other end and she said 'Please say something ... my heart's beating through my chest..' The only thing I could tell her was everything's going to be okay... everything's going to be all right," Russell told Fox 10 News.
The two then met the next morning, and Russell began telling Roberson about his life, including his work at the Phoenix Rescue Mission.
"She said, oh, that's where I volunteer... that's when there was this moment of silence and she said no...the Phoenix Rescue Mission," Russell said.
Roberson started working at the shelter in March 2012, while Russell started the following month, The Republic reports.
The two never noticed each other since they were in different departments, Fox 10 News reports.
“God has perfect timing,” Roberson said after meeting Russell.