Sometimes, all you need is a good burger. And a good Samaritan.
And that’s exactly what the owner of one Ontario, Canada burger restaurant provided for a stranger in need.
Rick Rhoads’ father is 86-years-old and suffers from pancreatic cancer. He is temporarily being housed in an assisted living facility in Pickering, Ontario, and the man is sick, in pain, and hungry. The man misses his favorite meal, cheeseburger and fries, and not only is ti not available at his facility, he is unable to leave the grounds to find it. Even worse, his son lives across the border in Michigan.
But his son is dedicated, and upon hearing how hungry his father was for a burger, he hopped on the phone and began canvassing fast-food joints local to his dad’s residence.
He called a dozen places, hoping to find one that could – and would be willing to – make a special meal delivery to Mr. Rhoads. They all turned him down. Until he reached Carmen Kolandjian, the owner of Kip’s Flaming Burgers.
Despite being stuck in the middle of employee training, she couldn’t let RIck’s request go unfulfilled.
“It just tugged at my heart strings when he told me about his dad. Pay it forward,” ”Carmen told The Star. “I always try to do a good deed. I have a soft spot for the elderly.”
So she packed up a cheeseburger, some fries, and even a side of gravy, and hand-delivered the meal directly to Mr. Rhoads himself, along with a note that read, “Hi Dale, this is from your amazing son, Rick. Enjoy your meal.”
Rick won’t soon forget Carmen’s kindness.
“After I explained the circumstances of my father’s failing health, and concerns of his recent eating habits, she took it upon herself to extend her compassion and heart to help a son of a man whom she never met before. She finished her shift at work and drove the food to the local assisted living home, asking for nothing in return,” he said.
He made sure she knows how grateful he was, making a personal visit to Kip’s the next time he was in Canada, to thank her in person. “People like that need to be recognized,” Rhoads said.