“Newborn infant found in a plastic shopping bag at a McDonald’s.”
For 36-year-old David Volk, those words, first published in a newspaper back in 1977, are still difficult for him to read for one reason. The newborn infant is him.
Volk was born on December 20, 1977, inside a McDonald’s in Newark, New Jersey. He was only three hours old when he was found alone in a plastic bag in the woman’s restroom with his umbilical cord still attached.
“I believe my mother abandoned me,” Volk said. “I believe she just didn’t have the means to support me. Back in the 70’s it was a little bit hard.”
Volk was adopted a year later and now lives with his wife in Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania. For most of his life, Volk says he gave little thought to finding his birth mother. That changed however after a story similar to his caught his attention.
“I never thought there was any way of finding my mother,” Volk said. “Never thought of all the social media stuff until I saw Katheryn’s story.”
The “Katheryn” Volk is referring to is Katheryn Deprill. The 27-year-old South Whitehall Township woman was abandoned by her mother in a Burger King bathroom after she was born. She reunited with her birth mother earlier this year however after using a Facebook photo to find her. Volk says Deprill’s story inspired him.
“I made my sign up and posted it on Facebook,” Volk said.
Volk claims he’s not upset with his mother. He simply wants to meet her in order to find some closure.
“I had a great family growing up and good people so I’m not angry with her,” Volk said. “I’d just like her to come forward so we can meet and maybe build something in the future.”
Volk also says he’d like to meet the McDonald’s manager who found him on that December day.
Just like Deprill’s photo, Volk’s picture has already garnered plenty of attention online. Only time will tell however, if his picture will lead to a similar result.