Homecoming plans fall through, but local community rallies to boost graduating senior


"My son was shocked by the amount of people willing to help him out and horrified by the fact that everybody knew what happened."

Image courtesy of Jake Keller – used with permission

GONZALES, La. (BRPROUD) – Christian Kelly is a student at East Ascension High School and the senior was looking forward to attending homecoming for the first time.

The homecoming was at a high school in Houma and Christian rented a suit for the special occasion.

Image courtesy of Jake Keller – used with permission

What happened next is going viral and changing the lives of everyone involved for the better.

Planning for this occasion took weeks and as the homecoming approached, Kelly’s date began to not return calls or texts, according to Christian’s mom.

Christian’s mom says that on the date of the homecoming, Christian was stood up by his date.

Christian’s heartbroken mother posted this message on Facebook:

Image courtesy of Porsha Kelly Green

The local high school student was horrified that everyone knew his business but his mother explained that this was the quickest way to find a photographer.

Kelly wanted to have pictures taken for homecoming and many members of the local community were willing to help.

The mother of Christian Kelly says that “after minutes of posting, numerous photographers responded and were tagged to come to our rescue.”

The community rallied as Christian’s mom estimates that over 20 photographers offered their services.

One of those photographers is named Jake Keller.

Keller stepped up to the plate and offered to take pictures for free on a Sunday.

Keller explains in his own words why he chose to do this, “I figured I’d offer my services because when I heard Christian’s story I felt moved to try and help out. I have kids of my own one of which is a teenager so I know how delicate this age can be. And self-esteem was always one thing I struggled with as teen and I know it’s an issue today. Any chance I can get to help someone boost that, I’ll do it.”

The pictures seen below were taken by Keller in a studio.

Instead of focusing on the missed homecoming, Christian got to experience having professional photographs taken in a studio for the first time.

So what started out as a night to forget turned into a memory to cherish forever thanks to the efforts of the local community.

Christian’s mom would like to thank everyone in the community who stepped up, especially Jake Keller.

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