TODAY | October 21, 2013
>> simple plea from a brave young man is online and the response to his request is overwhelming.
>> smiling isn't always easy. born in a prison, his entire life spent in florida's foster care system.
>> there's been a couple of struggles here and there.
>> he recently discovered his birth mother died in early june.
>> i have been through a lot.
>> with just a few years left in foster care he decided to do something drastic, clutching a bible and wearing a borrowed black suit , he only strolled into this packed baptist church in st. petersburg and asked someone or anyone to adopt him.
>> he said someone please take me home.
>> thousands called and e-mailed offering him a home but something else has happened. the story raised awareness for the 400,000 children in foster care last year.
>> how many kids are going to fall through the cracks.
>> her adoption of a child named michael oar inspired the blind side.
>> people say it's a risk, but these kids are worth the risk.
>> a young man's pulpit plea shining a light for so many. nbc news, new york.