'We're pretty close. Even though we don't live together... we'd meet at least like a couple of times a month at my grandma's house,' said Mina Fox.
Father-daughter relationships are the sweetest. There is no doubt one would do anything for the other when they are in need. In a heartwarming post on Twitter, fashion designer Mina Fox shared how she made custom jackets for her father's dialysis sessions as he was always feeling cold.
She custom-made the jackets by adding zippers on both arms. Her Twitter post features pictures of her dad wearing the jackets, one in dark green and one in black color. She wrote: "Made my Dad some jackets for his dialysis sessions. He said he always gets really cold in there so he asked me to add zippers on his jackets. He likes them so much he made me do like 6 more." The post went viral with more than 4.5 million views and 172.9k likes.
Fox thanked everyone for the amazing response. She wrote, "Thank you everyone who has been showing me and dad lots of love! Thank you to those who are watching out for me. I can't get this [trademarked because] it exists on amazon for like $50 which is why my dad asked me to do this but at the same time, I would never try to profit off of this."
Many on Twitter loved the idea that the daughter came up with. @CallMeJordan_ commented, "Omg what a brilliant idea, this is actually amazing!" @leanbake wrote, "This is so innovative and wholesome. Your mind is truly amazing, Mina! You're an inspiration." @trashspawn expressed, "I'm absolutely so impressed you are seriously so talented!! Artists like you seriously keep me motivated to keep up doing my art. I've seen all that hard work you've been pouring [your] heart into. It's so awesome, I have loved watching all ur projects!!! Great job." @shanlowry wrote, "This is amazing! I wish I could have grabbed one of these or made this for my mother-in-law while she was going through chemo. Amazing work!"
Talking to Good Morning America about her dad, Fox said: "He was just complaining about how cold he was, and whatnot. So he suggested, you know, putting zippers on jackets." She added that there were similar jackets online, but they were "kind of expensive."
She shared that he loved the jacket she made. "He was so proud of it that he made me do—I'm not even joking—like six more of those jackets. And he's just like, showing it off everywhere he goes, he just loves it," Fox said.
She admitted that she did not expect the post would go viral on social media. "In my mind, at that moment, I just thought I was sharing something silly about me and my dad, I didn't really know it was gonna be this whole thing," Fox said. "I was very shocked. Very, very shocked. And honestly, it took me like, eight hours to even tell my dad, you know, like, 'Oh, hey, you're kind of like internet famous now.'"
Her father, Sean Shelton, started having health issues after her aunt's death in October 2020. At first, they thought it was stress, but after he went through repeated strokes, they were told he needed a new kidney.
Sean is still waiting for a kidney donation, said Fox. While talking about her relationship with her dad, she said, "We're pretty close. Even though we don't live together... we'd meet at least like a couple of times a month at my grandma's house... We're quite a big family too. So we speak all the time."
I love that several people already told me how they’ve made their loved ones jackets with my tutorial 💗— 🖤𝕸𝖎𝖓𝖆🖤 (@minanohime) March 18, 2023
Made my day honestly! https://t.co/oIB72wZZkp
According to her, the viral tweet gave her the opportunity to find out more about her dad's treatment by learning from others' stories. "I actually cried a lot. And, you know, I'm just, I'm a very sensitive person. So when people tell me things that they're going through, especially when it's relatable and things like that, I really empathize with them," said Fox.