When a child asks for more food to eat during school it might not always catch your attention. After all, children are constantly growing and with growth often comes a bigger appetite.
But when Josette Duran’s son asked her to pack him a second lunch she was a little taken aback. Was her son really that hungry or was there some other reason behind his need for two lunches?
Duran’s son surprised her one day when he asked for two lunches.
Just me and this dude today💙 He bought me some hot chocolate!☕#BoyMom
For several months the New Mexico mother, packed her son two lunches for school. At first she didn’t ask him any questions, but then she started to get curious.
She asked him if he wasn’t getting enough to eat and his response caught her by surprise.
“He said, ‘No mom, it’s for this little boy at school and he sits by himself and all he eats is a fruit cup.'” she told KOAT.
Duran packed him extra food and never asked her son why.
Upon learning why her son wanted more food for lunch she was moved.
“This hits home to me because a few years ago, me and my son were homeless,” she said “I was living in my car, I was washing him in bathrooms and we didn’t have food.”
When Duran learned why she was both proud and heartbroken.
Although Duran never sought payment for the extra lunch she had packed for her son’s friend for months, the boy’s mother contacted the school principal so she could thank Duran for her kindness.
In a Facebook Live video, Duran explained how the mother attempted to pay her for her son’s lunch, but Duran said she couldn’t accept the woman’s money.
Reportedly the woman had been without a job and unable to afford food for her son.
Duran couldn’t accept any payment for the lunches.
When the girls on the volleyball team that Duran coaches heard about her act of kindness they wanted to repay her. The team raised $400 to help Duran pay for the cost of all of the extra lunches, but Duran still wouldn’t accept money.
Instead, she took the money to the school’s cafeteria and used it to help other students.
“We paid up all the past due accounts for all the kids who need lunch,” she said. “So now, nobody in that school owes any money, and now everyone can eat.”