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Teen shares sweet grandpa's online dating heartbreak

His sweater and the flowers match. Smooth, grandpa. (Source: Gabby Foresta) His sweater and the flowers match. Smooth, grandpa. (Source: Gabby Foresta)
(Source: Gabby Foresta) (Source: Gabby Foresta)
(Source: Gabby Foresta) (Source: Gabby Foresta)

HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA (WIS) - One California teen is helping her sweet grandfather rebound in a big way. 

Gabby Foresta, 16, tweeted two pictures of her 73-year-old grandfather, Jim Moroney, on March 11. Foresta says he met a woman on Match.com and was going to meet her for a date. The account was set up by one of his neighbors, Foresta said. 

"He went on date with a lady he was talking to for a while and then they were trying to set up a date but the lady kept flaking on him," she explained. "So finally they decided to meet up and so he went to the restaurant to meet her."

Grandpa's date let him down one last time. 

"My grandpa got all dressed up for his date, drove 45 minutes away, bought her chocolate and flowers and he got stood up :(," she tweeted. 

After being stood up, Moroney took the flowers and candies to his granddaughter's house to be shared with her family. She said took his picture to brighten his mood.

"When he got here he was pretty bummed, but I did everything I could to put him in a better mood," Foresta said. "I decided to go to twitter and show that how cute my grandpa looked on his date and how sad it was that he got stood up."

But Foresta could help her grandpa get him more dates - even though she was afraid to tell him about his newfound fame. 

"I was kinda nervous to tell him because I didn't want him to be embarrassed because about a million people have seen that," she said. "But he took the news really well and is very touched that so many people care about his well-being."

Several Twitter users have shown their support for Moroney.

Others likened this grandpa's plight to the Oklahoma grandfather who made burgers for his grandchildren and they didn't show up. #BurgerswithPapaw quickly became a nationwide trending topic, and a cookout was held in his honor. 

Foresta said her grandfather is a fan of online dating and will continue to look online for companionship. 

"He really like online dating and just wants a lady to give him some company," Foresta said.

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