Toddler hugs pizza delivery driver, unknowingly comforts man who recently lost his daughter

Toddler hugs pizza delivery driver

When you order food and see the delivery driver pull up in front of your home, you’d be lying to yourself if you said you didn’t want to hug the delivery driver. Well, maybe sometimes.

That’s what one two-year-old did when he greeted a pizza delivery driver with a hug. Little did the toddler know that the hug would have such an impact on the driver.

My favorite little human 💙

Posted by Lindsey Sheely on Sunday, August 11, 2019

Recently, Lindsey Sheely and her family ordered a pizza for delivery and when the pizza came her two-year-old ran up to give the driver, Ryan Catterson, a big hug.

The sweet moment was caught on the family’s doorbell camera.

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Sheely initially shared the clip on social media, and it’s since gone viral.

“Even better, is that I posted this to my IG stories last night and somehow, it found it’s way to the man who delivered our pizza! Thank you, Ryan for being so sweet with our little guy!” Sheely wrote later in a Facebook post.

And what made this innocent moment even more special – Ryan Catterson had just lost his 16-year-old daughter, Alyssa, the week before and a hug was exactly what he needed.

“Little did we know what Cohen’s hug to this stranger would mean,” Sheely wrote in her post. “Through this, we found out that Ryan unexpectedly lost his daughter recently, and that hug from Cohen was a little blessing from God.”

His 16-year-old daughter, Alyssa, who lived in California with his ex-wife, reportedly struggled with mental health issues and unexpectedly died.

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“After losing my daughter this past week, it just touched me because it was like she was there, you know, and it just meant a ton to me,” he said.

His ex-wife, Danielle McCord, was “grateful that someone saw his pain.”

“It’s so easy to miss people and their internal pain,” she said. “That even goes to our daughter, you know. We didn’t know her pain.”

Last night when we got our pizza (and ranch) delivered, Cohen ran out to hug the delivery guy and tried to give him a kiss, too! 😂 We thought it was so sweet and funny, then realized that our doorbell might have caught the interaction on camera, and it did!! I hope it gives you a laugh and warms your heart like it did for us 🥰❤️ Even better, is that I posted this to my IG stories last night and somehow, it found it’s way to the man who delivered our pizza! Thank you, Ryan, for being so sweet with our little guy!Update: little did we know what Cohen’s hug to this stranger would mean. Someone showed Ryan the video I posted to my IG, so he messaged me, and I found him on FB so he could share the video. Through this, we found out that Ryan unexpectedly lost his daughter recently, and that hug from Cohen was a little blessing from God. I believe in divine appointments and know that Ryan was the one to deliver our pizza for a reason. If you feel inclined, please consider donating to his GoFundMe to help with funeral costs. My heart is so heavy for this family 😔 anything to help lighten the burden, I know, will be greatly appreciated ❤️https://www.gofundme.com/f/alyssa039s-servicefamily-travel-expenses?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_campaign=p_cf+share-flow-1Thank you to RI Home Security for hooking us up with this doorbell that allowed us to capture this moment!!❤️

Posted by Lindsey Sheely on Sunday, February 16, 2020

Even though it was a fleeting moment, it is one Catterson will remember for a long time.

“That might have been her just looking out for me at the time,” he said. “Those words mean something, made me think, ‘Wow, maybe she’s there.’”

Alyssa’s family also created a GoFundMe, to raise money for funeral expenses. It ended up raising over $31,000 for the grieving family.

“I believe in divine appointments and know that Ryan was the one to deliver our pizza for a reason,” Sheely wrote before giving viewers the link to the fundraiser (which is now closed).

Often, kids instantly know sometime when a person is hurting and needs a hug.

This was such a sweet moment. I’m so glad this little boy ran up to Ryan and gave him a hug! This is so heartwarming/heartbreaking at the same time. Bless all their hearts 💞

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