Jim McKay bought a VCR at a Goodwill in Austin, Texas and found the tape inside, showing the tot in a diaper walking for the first time with help from his dad and brother, way back in 1994.
He’s a dad himself and knows what a precious memory that is, from back in the day before we filmed everything all the time, so he launched aFacebook campaignto find the family it belongs to. Social media and local news stations helped make it happen and soon 26-year-old TyRe Alexander got a call from his mom, who saw the video on TV and couldn’t believe it.
“I haven’t seen me, my dad, and brother in a room for a long time,” Alexander says of the video. “To see that and to see all that love and everything, that took me back to a place I could never go without having that tape. This has made my day, week, even my year! Now I just want to be a blessing as much as I can. Just like Jim did for me, that’s what my life goal is. My purpose in life is to help people and to make people smile.”