A 17-year-old’s tweet has helped her struggling father’s hobby become a very profitable family business.
Christopher Gonzales, 39, has been facing hard times. The single father of two injured himself on the job last year and has been struggling ever since. The injury at his construction job left him with spinal cord nerve damage which makes it hard for him to physically move around. His only source of income has been a disability check he receives once a month.
Over the past year, Christopher has been trying to find his passion by exploring new hobbies. He enjoyed woodworking in his garage.
He started creating logos of various sports teams.
His daughter, Alexis, saw his amazing work and posted pictures of them on Twitter hoping someone might be interested in buying one.
“So my dad is disabled and is trying to make a little extra money because he makes so little. He makes wood carvings [in] his free time, and he can make them any size, for anything (not just team logos). Even if you don’t like them a RT will help spread the word.”
Alexis’s tweet went unexpectedly viral with over 214,000 retweets!
She woke up the next morning to 7,000 direct messages.
Alexis became an overnight sales manager for her dad.
Christopher’s “hobby” is now making him as much money as his monthly disability checks, he said. He’s even had a few friends reach out to him offering to help him handle the sudden influx of requests.
The future is looking bright for the Gonzales family.