Posted on: December 23, 2018 at 2:51 pm
Last updated: September 7, 2020 at 11:52 am

We all know how parents work hard to support their kids. For 18+ years, moms and dads will do just about anything to make sure their children are comfortable and provided for.


Many people first think of expensive cars or luxurious vacations as a way to spend their wages. However, the expression “home is where the heart is” rings true for one family’s  Christmas. 21-year-old Pavin Smith wanted to show his parents how much he appreciated them by gifting them their own home. Pavin Smith paid off his parent’s mortgage for them for Christmas, as a symbol of thanks for all of the love, support and baseball lessons he received growing up.

Instead of giving a card with a receipt, he took the time to write a heartfelt letter to tell his mom, dad, and sister about the gift and how much they meant to him. He rolled it up like a scroll and presented it to his parents during the holidays.


He wrote them a letter explaining how he felt and his gift and recorded them reading it. Pavin’s parents and sister were overjoyed at his generous gift. The letter read, “ Thank you for raising me in a great home filled with love. Because of all the sacrifices you made to get me where I am, I want our family home to be yours.”

His parents were understandably emotional as they struggled to get through the letter. Overcome with tears of joy, they tried to maintain their composure as they read the letter on video that thousands of people would see.

He gave his family one less bill to worry about and the ability to own the home that he grew up in. Their memories will be part of the family forever thanks to Pavin’s thoughtful Christmas present. He realized that everything he had achieved in life was because of their home and the support of his family. Way to go, Pavin!


How did a 21-year-old afford such an extravagant gift? Pavin played baseball for many years and eventually went pro. He played college ball with the Virginia Cavaliers with the University of Virginia. As a sophomore, he hit eight home runs and had 13 home runs as a junior.

He had an ulnar collateral ligament injury of the elbow, so he couldn’t pitch, and he eventually needed surgery. His hard work and persistence paid off and when he was drafted he played for the Class A Hillsboro Hops, a Diamondbacks affiliate. Later, he was offered a position playing for the Arizona Diamondbacks, which paid for the mortgage.

Pavin was the 7th choice in the 2017 draft season, placing him in the top 10.  He received a signing bonus of 5 million dollars and plays the position of first base.

He is an excellent example of a young person with a lot of money putting it to good use. Rather than spend it on himself, he decided to bless the people in his life that was always there for him.

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