SOUTH CUMMINSVILLE, Ohio — Each day 17-year-old Breontay Evans makes the 20-minute stroll from his home to the nook of Beekman and Elmore streets in South Cumminsville.
As soon as there, he does a number of pushups and stretches to gear himself as much as make a number of gross sales beneath the footbridge, the place Evans sells bottled water and Gatorade from his small cooler with wheels.
“I simply be out right here grinding. Actually, that’s it,” he mentioned.
He activates music and jams out between every sale.
“It’s a blessing each time somebody rides previous me and buys water, even when it’s one water,” he mentioned. “Even when they’re simply supporting, it is a blessing as a result of I used to do something for some cash.”
The “something” included unhealthy selections, he mentioned — stealing meals and taking place what he calls a “unhealthy path” final yr when he was 16.
“I used to be simply getting on the market and going to the shops with my little mates and taking little meals and consuming the meals as a result of I used to be hungry,” he mentioned.
Then, a neighbor instructed him there was a greater solution to stay and confirmed him the best way to develop into a “water entrepreneur,” he mentioned.
“Sure folks are available in your life for causes. I really feel like his purpose [for] coming in my life was to indicate me higher,” mentioned Evans. “It was God coming into my life, and I accepted him into my life.”
His mom, Brandy Evans, mentioned she seen her son was falling behind.
“That’s when my neighbor talked to him and instructed him you can begin right here,” she mentioned. “There’s all the time locations which you could begin the place you don’t should fall behind like you’re.” .
An area girl, Latrice Williams, posted an image on Fb of Breontay promoting his wares. Her put up mentioned partially, “All it’s important to do is journey down Beekman and he’s going to be proper beneath the bridge promoting his sweet, water, Gatorade, and so forth. He’s all the time respectful, he says thanks and God bless you anytime you purchase one thing from him. Lil child could possibly be doing all of the improper issues however he selected this, so I RESPECT IT.”
The put up went viral, with followers sharing it almost 900 instances and commenting on how a lot they appreciated Breontay’s efforts.
“He all the time says, ‘God bless you’ — it is so onerous to listen to children nowadays even say ‘God,’” she instructed WCPO. “We acquired to let these infants know when they’re doing a superb factor in order that they received’t go off and do the improper stuff.”
Breontay mentioned folks akin to Williams, who cease and present help, inspire to maintain promoting water and making a greater life. He reinvests the cash he makes into his water enterprise and mentioned his objective is to assist his household get out of poverty.
“It feels nice simply to know that I don’t should be out right here promoting medication or nothing like that. It simply feels nice, like a blessing,” he mentioned. “I would like my household to see that I took it a great distance.”