When 21-year-old Melissa Alvarez found out that one of her favorite YouTube celebrities, David Dobrik, was in town, she was excited to meet him. However, with a toddler at home as well as her mother who was recovering from surgery, the meeting would have to take place remotely. She sent her friend Kevin Quintana to the Hilton Anatole to try and get a FaceTime meeting with Dobrik.
“It has always been her dream to meet him, so I wanted to do it for her,” Quintana said.
Dobrik was happy to oblige, and the two chatted on FaceTime. Alvarez, a single mother and community college student who works three jobs, didn’t expect anything more. So when Alvarez’s father woke her up at 1 a.m. and told her someone was here to see her, she was shocked.
“I put two and two together,” says Alvarez. “I ran out of bed without my glasses, and I can’t see without my glasses on. I just saw a camera and a light and David was there. I thought I was dreaming. I was so shocked that I didn’t know what to say. I just answered his questions.”
Then, Dobrik presented her with a check for $25,000. In the video filmed for his channel, you can see Quintana crying.
“She hasn’t had the easiest of lives,” Quintana says. “I’ve always cared about her a lot, and I know David makes her smile.”
Dobrik, Quintana, and Alvarez said they are all beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. They are Dreamers. Dobrik, who became popular on Vine in 2013 before launching his YouTube channel, was born in Slovakia.
Alvarez, who wants to be a nurse or a dentist, says she has no plans to quit any of her jobs.
“It’s a huge blessing. I struggle, which is why I work three jobs so I can take care of my son and myself and my school. It takes off a lot of weight from my back. But I think that’s where a lot of people fall down, when they get help. But that’s someone helping me get up to a higher level, so I don’t feel like I should step back,” she said.
“He helped me pick myself up, but I should keep working.”