Every day, Josette Duran made lunch for her son. That’s why the mom from Albuquerque, New Mexico noticed when he started asking for two lunches. At first, she chalked it up to her son being a young, growing boy, who just needed some extra calories. But after this went on for a while, Josette decided to ask her son Dylan what the second lunch was for.
The innocent young boy did not hide anything from her, revealing that the second lunch was for a hungry friend. She went on Facebook and decided to come forward and explain how the conversation went.
She wrote, “Mama can you make me two lunches today?”
She asked if he wasn’t getting full from the lunch she was providing. He said, “Yes mom. It’s for this boy. He only eats a fruit cup for lunch. Can you make him lunch too? I don’t think he has lunch money.”
The boy’s simple act of kindness inspired Josette, who was more than happy to share her abundance with the needy boy.
“So I said sure, and ever since then, it became my normal,” Duran, 39, told TODAY.
After doing this for some time, Josette learned a heartbreaking truth about the mother of Dylan’s friend. She wrote:
“A few years ago, me and my son were homeless. I was living in my car, and I was washing him in bathrooms. And we didn’t have food.”
That’s why it was important for Josette to give back now that she has some.
After she gave the lunch to the hungry boy for a little while, Josette got a call that meant a lot to her. It was Dylan’s school’s principal.
Eventually, Dylan’s friend started receiving free lunch from the school. And it kind of made Josette sad that she could no longer help.
“I stopped making two lunches last Wednesday, and it feels kind of lonely not making two anymore,” Josette said.
The single mother was not shocked that her 14-year-old son wanted to help out a friend.
“I was taught if you can’t be nice, then you be extra nicer, and I’ve always raised my son to be that way. I’ve always taught him to be kind and help others,” she said. “Dylan really is the most kindhearted and loving kid. When he asked me to make two lunches, I just did it. I didn’t ask any questions because isn’t that what we’re supposed to do? We’re supposed to help people.”
Although the school would never have denied Dylan’s friend lunch, he probably did not want to ask for it because he would feel ashamed.
“That school would never let any child go hungry. They take care of everybody, but this little boy was probably too embarrassed. He didn’t want to speak up,” she said.
Josette was a bit worried when she started helping out. She worried that she might offend the friend’s mother.
“Because in this day and age, when you try to help somebody, some people get offended by it. People aren’t used to kindness,” she said. “So I was kind of scared. I didn’t want her (the mom) to think that I was stepping on her toes or crossing boundaries, but she was very, very thankful and told me so. She told me how much she appreciated what we did.”
What do you think about this single mother’s generous act?