Dad's Video Doorbell Greetings to Daughter Goes Viral
A dad in Pennsylvania is getting praise for the creative way he stayed in touch with his daughter while she was away from home in pharmacy school.
Colin Brand, a dad of two daughters from Whitehall, Pennsylvania, used his home's doorbell camera to say hello to his youngest daughter, Emily Brand, a 23-year-old who just finished pharmacy school this month.
The daily hellos, which Emily Brand shared in a now-viral TikTok video, started last fall when the Brand family installed a Ring doorbell camera at their home. The video already has more than 840,000 likes.
Emily Brand downloaded the Ring app on her phone while away at college in Philadelphia as a way to check in on her parents from afar.
When Colin Brand realized that his daughter was checking the activity at the front door so often, he started sending her a message every time he passed through the door.
"I knew she was watching and I thought it was a good way for her to know I was thinking about her and hope she was doing well," Brand told Good Morning America. "I know she’s under a lot of pressure and has a lot of stuff going on with school, so I’d encourage her and...and let her know that we were thinking of her."
Colin Brand, whose older daughter works in a hospital emergency room, said he only agreed to have the videos posted as the COVID-19 pandemic hit the U.S., realizing they may bring some cheer to others.
Both father and daughter said they were blown away and very touched by the response their video has received. "I was really happy that it was bringing people joy just like it brought me joy," Emily said.