Lindsey Sheely of West Warwick, Rhode Island, got more than she bargained for when she ordered food from her favorite restaurant, Wicked Good Pizza. After paying for the food delivered by a pizza delivery man, her two-year-old son, Cohen, ran to say goodbye to the man.
As the delivery man was leaving their house, Cohen opened his arms and invited the man for a hug.
The heartwarming moment was captured by a camera built into Lindsey's doorbell. She decided to share the video on Facebook and Instagram, writing,
"We thought it was so cute and funny. I hope it gives you a laugh and warms your hearts like it did for us."
Unbeknownst to Lindsey, the hug had a much deeper significance for the delivery man than she had anticipated. After sharing the video, she received a message from a man named Ryan Catterson, who revealed that he was the delivery man and asked if he could share the video on Facebook.
Upon checking his social media profile, Lindsey discovered that he had shared a fundraiser to cover the funeral expenses for his 16-year-old daughter Alyssa, who had unexpectedly passed away just a week earlier.
"After losing my daughter the previous week, it hit me because it felt like she was there. It really meant a lot to me," Ryan told WLNE.
Realizing the profound impact of Cohen's small gesture, Lindsey called it 'a little blessing from God.' "I believe in divine intervention and know that Ryan was the one who delivered our pizza for a reason," she said.
Ryan agreed, saying it was 'perfect timing,' as he had told his family he needed a hug. "It was almost as if the universe or my daughter had sent it to me," he told NBC 10 News.
To help Ryan and his family with their fundraiser, Lindsey updated her post with a link to it. "You never know what people are going through. This is a good example of that," she concluded.