We’ve shared many good news stories of how small acts can have a major impact, but a recent post on Facebook proves once and for all the power your kindness can have on the lives of others.
Earlier this month, Lindsey Sheely shared an adorable video that has since been covered by news outlets around the world. It’s her 2-year-old son Cohen running to greet the pizza delivery man with a giant hug caught by the family’s video doorbell. While that alone would be worthy of a share, it’s what happened once she shared the clip on Instagram that has made the story spread around the web.
The delivery driver in the video, Ryan Catterson, happened to see the post, sharing with the Lindsey and the world just how much that hug truly meant to him. Catterson’s 16-year-old daughter recently passed away after battling mental health issues, and the grieving father has been struggling with the loss each and every day. He shared in a comment “After losing my daughter this past week, it touched me because it was like she was there. It really just meant a lot to me.”
Lindsey later sharing in a post “That hug from Cohen was a little blessing from God. I believe in divine appointments and know that Ryan was the one to deliver our pizza for a reason.”
Catterson’s ex-wife, Danielle McCord, telling local affiliate ABC6 “It’s so easy to miss people and their internal pain,” adding “Even with our daughter, we didn’t know her pain. I can’t help but be grateful that someone saw his pain and could be there for him.”
A GoFundMe page was later established for Catterson which has already soared past its initial $5,000 goal, raising an incredible $28,000 and counting to help the family with final expenses.
While we’re not recommending everyone start hugging strangers they pass on the street, perhaps look around you those who may be struggling and find a way to let them know they’re not alone.
Let’s all care like Cohen.