Girl's heartbreaking post about caring stepfather inspires others to share their touching stories

A picture of a stepfather hugging his stepdaughter at 2am in the morning went viral on Facebook after it was posted on Nov 16.

The man is the girl's stepfather who has not returned home for 14 days and was greatly missed by the soon to be three-year-old he is embracing.

He has been bonding with her since she was 9 months old when he met her mother and decided to adopt her.

Karisa posted the picture on Love What Matters' Facebook page and her post has been shared more than 6,900 times. 

Amongst the 1,800 comments the post has gotten so far, others started to share their stories on how their stepfathers became someone they could depend on. 

View the gallery to read their heartwarming stories.

From uncles who took responsibility to men who stepped up when another man leaves, these stepdaughters seem eternally grateful and so are their mothers.