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Dad surprises daughter with dream dress for Pennsylvania school dance

Posted at 2:51 PM, Jul 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-31 17:51:36-04

(KGTV and ABC) - A Pittsburgh dad who is working three jobs gave his daughter the dress of her dreams for her eighth-grade dance in a viral video.

14-year-old Nevaeha Smith found a dress she loved for her eighth-grade dance at Ringgold Middle School in Monongahela, Pennsylvania, but realized that at $200, it might be too expensive.

"I said, 'Mom, dad, I want this dress,'" Nevaeha told ABC News. "Is it in our price range?"

"I looked at the price and I was like, 'Uh, not really sure, but I can see what I can do,'" said Ricky Smith, Nevaeha's father.

Ricky works at McDonald’s, Popeye’s, and a Circle K convenience store to make ends meet. To earn enough for the dress, he worked extra shifts; occasionally working seven days a week.

When Ricky saved enough money, he broke the news to Nevaeha's mom, Kelly Anne.

"She said, 'Why don’t you surprise her?'" said Ricky. Kelly Anne had her camera ready when Nevaeha stopped by McDonald’s to see her father.

"I was working at McDonald’s that day and I put the dress in the back," Ricky told ABC News. "She came and I brought it out and told her that her grandmother bought it for her and I told her, 'This ain’t the dress you wanted, but I hope you like it.'"

"I was thinking, 'This is going to be an old lady dress,'" said Nevaeha.

The viral video showed Nevaeha sitting at a table as her father slowly revealed her heart’s desire. Her expression was shocked, followed by tears of joy. Nevaeha leaped out of her seat to hug her father.

"To see the look on her face it was priceless," said Ricky. "All I can really do was smile."

Nevaeha could barely speak as she thanked her father.

"My heart felt like there was more love in it than there was before," said Nevaeha, describing the big moment. "I love him and I’m really happy that’s he’s my father."

She finished her school year wearing the dress of her dreams, which is now associated with the love of her father.