For the past six years, 24-year-old Stefun Darts spent as little as he could to save up for something dearly important to him.
While in school, he worked at a grocery store, a call center, a Pizza Hut branch and even managed to earn licenses to sell life insurance and real estate.
This month, the thrifty college student handed a cool $15,000 check to his grandparents who raised him. The amount will pay off their mortgage and will also be enough to send them on a trip to the Bahamas.
“I had to sacrifice a lot,” Darts told Today. “Friendships, relationships, going around and partying.”
He rarely bought clothes and always ate at home. He also remembered how people constantly told him, “You never go out. You need to have some fun.”
Such pressure did not deter Darts from keeping his eyes on the prize. He might have lost some friends and potential mates along the way but he did not regret using his time to work and earn money. Him sacrificing going out with friends meant helping his grandparents who he credits with taking him in at a young age.
“I promised God in the second grade I would pay off you guys house and help you retire,” Darts wrote in a post on Facebook. “A promise I would never break. The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen, nor touched … but are felt by the heart.”
Darts now studies applied science at a local community college while working for Exxon as a material handler with a side job as a loan officer. He also finds time to give to the community by working at Caring Heart Youth, a nonprofit he helped create that supports poor youth.