Fourteen-year-old Dylan from Albuquerque, New Mexico noticed that a new classmate was only eating a fruit cup during lunch. He asked his mom Josette to pack him two lunches, and she did. She started packing snacks, drinks and sandwiches for both the boys everyday for the next three months.
Duran came to know that the other boy’s mother had lost her job a while ago. She could empathize with the situation. She had herself been a single mom living out of a car some time back. This was until she landed herself a job as a volleyball coach at a middle school.
Josette and Dylan have been receiving heaps of praises for their kind gesture. Yet she does’t think they did anything special. “I just did what a human being is supposed to do. I was taught to look out for other people and I taught my son to do the same. It just makes me glad to know that my son also picked this teaching up,” said Josette in a video she posted on her Facebook page. The video went viral, and thousands of people said they would like to help people in similar situations.
In fact, with the help of the girls on her volleyball team raised funds to help the Durans cover the cost of the extra lunch. Instead of taking the funds and using them, Josette donated it to the school’s cafeteria to pay for the overdue amounts of all students.
Josette put up the entire episode on Facebook with the aim of inspiring others to do similar acts of kindness. “It doesn’t have to do with lunch. It could just be saying ‘hi’ to someone, or opening the door or saying, ‘yes, ma’am’ or ‘no, ma’am.’ Its just about practicing kindness whenever possible,” she said in the video.
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