Christopher Gonzales, 39, has been living with spinal cord nerve damage that causes bulging and herniated discs ever since he was injured on the job as a construction worker about a year ago.
The divorced dad of two, who currently lives in Las Vegas, told BuzzFeed News that he's been determined to keep himself busy with various hobbies even though moving around is difficult.
One of those hobbies includes woodworking, which Christopher took up after seeing a picture of a sports logo carving and thinking, "I could do that."
Christopher takes about about nine hours to complete each piece, some of which he's sold to friends and family and made enough for gas money. That income has helped his family quite a bit, considering his only monthly income for some time has been a meager social security check.
Encouraged by his success thus far, Christopher asked his 17-year-old daughter Alexis to take some photos of his carvings and put them up on her social media accounts to see if any of her friends wanted to buy them.
In late February, she did just that — and in the span of a couple weeks, her post was retweeted over 212,300 times:
"The next morning after I posted it, I woke up to close to 7,000 DMs," Alexis told BuzzFeed.
Suddenly, Christopher had a small business of his own — and just two weeks after Alexis posted the tweet, he's making as much as his disability checks each month.
More than the work, though, Christopher's overwhelmed by how many people have reached out to him.
When asked whether his story was proof of social media's impact, Christopher responded: "The power of the internet? The power of positive people."