Josette Duran figured it was simply because her 14-year-old son was a growing boy.
About two months ago her son, Dylan, began asking “out of nowhere,” for extra lunch food. Not just a small amount, but enough to equal about two full size lunches. Finally, curiosity got the better of her and she decided to find out the real reason behind the unusual behavior.
“Why, are you not getting full enough?” Duran said she asked Dylan, who then told her the motivation behind his request. “No, Mom. It’s for this little boy at school, and he sits by himself, and all he eats is a fruit cup.”
Duran’s son had not just been gorging himself, no, he had been sending the boy snacks, and sandwiches because the boy couldn’t afford it. The boy’s mother had lost her job and it took time for her to land a new one. When she finally did gain employment, she offered to pay the generous family back.
Not only did this awesome teen send food, he included encouraging notes with the food. The generosity and thoughtfulness of the teen made a huge impact, prompting the mother of the struggling family to later thank her, telling her that her son has been “doing better in school” since she’d been “feeding him.”
In a Facebook Live video posted Saturday, Duran thanked people for the “overwhelming” amount of support she’s received since her story has gone viral.
“To us, we were just doing something normal,” she said.
Duran said she hopes her good deed inspires others to be kind. She also encouraged other parents to ask their children how they and their classmates are doing in school.
“I know we are busy parents, but ask,” she said. “Keep your eyes and ears open.”
Duran is not stranger to personal hardship. Duran once was homeless and lived out of her car. She and her son had to use public bathrooms to bathe in.
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Duran coaches the Eldorado High School girls’ volleyball team, which raised $400 to pay her back, but instead of pocketing the money, Duran paid all of the delinquent lunch accounts for students at the school.
“So now, nobody in that school owes any money, and now everyone can eat,” she said.
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