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Florida orphan who pleaded for family will spend Christmas with prospective adoptive parents

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Wearing his only suit and with Bible in hand, orphan Davion Only gets some last-minute help with his tie before walking into St. Mark Missionary Baptist church in October to plead for a family. (Tampa Bay Times)

The 15-year-old orphan who touched millions of hearts with his plea for a family inside a Florida church will spend Christmas with potential parents.

Davion Only, who has spent his life in various orphan homes, is spending Christmas with a prospective adoptive family. The couple is reportedly planning to take Only away during the holiday for his first vacation. 

In October, the teen made headlines worldwide when he pleaded for a family to adopt inside the St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church in St. Petersburg. 

Only, dressed in a dark suit and borrowed tie, told the packed church that he was seeking a family to call his own. His requirements were simple.

"I'll take anyone," he said. "Old or young, dad or mom, black, white, purple. I don't care. And I would be really appreciative. The best I could be."

Only was born while his mother was in jail and has never had a permanent home, according to the Tampa Bay Times, which first reported about the teen's plight.  

Last summer, Only tried to find his biological mother, but instead found her obituary, the newspaper reported. She had died a few weeks earlier.

Only also appealed to Florida Gov. Rick Scott in November to speak on behalf of all homeless Florida teenagers seeking a family.

"Even though I'm going through an adoption process right now at the moment, I still hope that other kids in foster care get the benefit that I'm going to have to be adopted and to have somewhere to call home and to have a bed to call theirs," he told the governor and his cabinet, according to the newspaper. 

While Only's ordeal has a happy ending, there are 610,042 people who are homeless in the U.S., some 23 percent, or 138,149, are children, according to the government. The states with the highest rates of homeless children are California, Florida and Texas.

FoxNews.com's Edmund DeMarche contributed to this report.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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