ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - A mother is feeling proud of her son after he went above and beyond to make sure a hungry classmate had something to eat at lunch time.
Josette Duran of Albuquerque, New Mexico, told KOAT that at first, she was confused when her son asked her to pack two lunches every day for school.
“He said, ‘No, Mom. It’s for this little boy at school. He sits by himself and all he eats is a fruit cup,'” Duran said.
Duran later found out that the boy’s single mother had lost her job and had been struggling financially.
“This hits home for me, because a few years ago, me and my son were homeless. I was living in my car. I was washing him in bathrooms. We didn’t have food,” Duran said.
When the woman found out Duran was feeding her son, she tried to pay her back, but Duran refused.
The school’s volleyball team also raised $400 for Duran to show their gratitude. Duran refused the money again, giving it instead to the school cafeteria to pay off all the past-due balances on students’ accounts.
“So now no one in that school owes to anybody, and everybody can eat,” Duran said in a viral Facebook Live video.