Stefun Darts recently surprised his grandparents with a very special gift. It marked the culmination of years of hard work, and it was a way for Stefun to make due on a promise he made to them when he was younger.

As an 8-year-old, Stefun valued and appreciated all the sacrifices his grandparents had made for him. Often times, they would put his needs above their own. Stefun never forgot this, and at age 8, he vowed to pay off their mortgage and help them retire.

In a Facebook post, Stefun writes, “I promised God in the second grade I would pay off you guys house and help you retire. A promise I would never break… I couldn’t stand you going to work at night, some nights I didn’t even sleep knowing it shouldn’t be like this.”

His grandparents were touched by Stefun’s words, but they didn’t think he would remember the promise years later.

For years, Stefun worked nonstop and lived very frugally. He worked a variety of jobs – a cook at Pizza Hut, at a call center, and more. He never tried to spend money on food, and he never smoked or went out with friends. This was a very dedicated effort to save as much as he could for his grandparents. What’s more impressive is how he managed to balance all this while being a full-time student at San Jacinto College and the founder of a non-profit organization called Caring Heart Youth Foundation.

Sixteen years later, on March 20, 24-year-old Stefun Darts walked into his grandparents’ home in Houston, Texas, and presented his grandparents with a $15,000 check. It was the exact amount they needed to pay off their mortgage.

Here’s the message Stefun wrote on Facebook:

GG | GP I promised God in the second grade I would pay off you guys house and help you retire. 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.

Even with this, I could never repay you for what you’ve done for me. I sacrificed my teenage and early adulthood of not having fun for this moment. I couldn’t stand you going to work at night, some nights I didn’t even sleep knowing it shouldn’t be like this. Never have I wrote a check wanting this to be the first one. To all my friends that stood by me over these last 6 years I appreciate you.

Somethings was never said and I’m glad you guys had enough sense to understand I had something greater to complete. GP| GG Take this check and pay your house off, and retire from work. Y’all owe no man but God. Even copped y’all some tickets to The Bahamas ??☀ I’ll sacrifice everything for my la familia. P.S – Avaricious. The secret is within.

Love,
Stefun

By helping them pay off their mortgage, Stefun helped his grandparents enter retirement immediately. At their current rate, it would have taken his grandparents another four years to pay off their mortgage.

Marilyn, Stefun’s grandmother, tells KHOU, “I couldn’t believe it. To have a grandson like that is a blessing.”

As if paying off their mortgage wasn’t enough, Stefun also purchased them round-trip tickets to the Bahamas where they can indulge and relax. It’s a much-needed vacation for two hardworking grandparents who helped raise a lovely yougn man.