Disabled Katy Dad Saves Pocket Change to Buy His Daughter Coffee


June 8, 2018

Ashley Lancaster

Meet the Katy family behind the heartwarming story of simple, fatherly affection that has gone viral on social media.

Jim Porterfield (left) with his children and son-in-law

"As some know my dad is mentally and physically handicapped and so especially now that he's older he's unable to work or earn an income but he's been saving his pocket change for the past month for some reason and I thought nothing of it until I came home and found this today," tweeted his daughter Morgan, a graduate of Taylor High School and former THS Expressions member.

This sweet, simple act of kindness and fatherly affection has gone viral on social media, being picked up by news outlets across the country. The tweet has gotten over 50K retweets and has been shared by People, DailyMail, and more. We got in touch with Morgan to find out more about her father and their family.

The Accident

In 1981, railroad worker and Katy father of four children, Jim Porterfield, was in a head-one collision with a drunk driver that almost killed him.

Porterfield spent 6 weeks in a coma and underwent a total of 13 surgeries to treat severe head and bodily injuries that included a subdural hematoma, multiple lacerations, and shattered bones. Skin grafts, pins, and bolts were necessary to keep him alive and repair some of the damage - but nevertheless, Jim was left with severe physical and mental disabilities.