Most parents pack their lunches for their school-aged children. Whether it is because school lunches are not as nutritious as a packed lunch or because it is simply a cheaper solution. Some parents put together sandwiches, fruit and veggies, drinks, and other goodies to send off with their kids.
Josette Duran’s was shocked when her young son Dylan approached one morning and asked if he could take two lunches to school.
Josette, who was in the process of making Dylan’s usual lunch, was taken back by the request, instantly feeling that something was awry. She asked him if he wasn’t getting full from the food she was making, but it would transpire the reality was entirely different …
After asking more questions, Josette learned that Dylan was asking after a second lunch for his friend. There was a boy at school who didn’t have enough money to eat anything other than a single fruit cup each day, and Dylan wanted him to have a proper meal.
Later it became clear that the boy’s mother was a single mom who had lost her job recently. Josette fixed a second lunch and promised to continue to do so each day as she knew too well what hardship was like.
“This hits home to me because a few years ago, me and my son were homeless,” Josette said. “I was living in my car and I was washing him in bathrooms. And we didn’t have food.”
She began to get into a habit of packing two lunches every single day, one for her son and one for his classmate. Soon, the mother of the little boy figured out what was going on. That is when Josette got a call from the school, asking her to come in.
Josette went to the school, only to discover the other boy’s mom there waiting for her. In a bid to repay Josette for her kindness she had gathered all the money to give her.
Josette refused the money and pledged to help further. Since Josette was a coach of a girls team she organized a fundraiser to help children like Dyland’s friend.
Altogether her team raised $400 which they put towards buying lunches for the children who couldn’t afford to pay for food at the school.
“So now, nobody in that school owes any money, and now everyone can eat,” Josette said.
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