Family receives act of kindness at Durham Pizza Hut

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A single mother received an act of kindness at a Durham restaurant Friday. (Credit: WTVD-TV)

DURHAM, N.C. — A single mother received an act of kindness at a Durham restaurant Friday and wrote to WTVD-TV to share her story.

The Raleigh woman said she takes her family to a different restaurant every Friday. Last week, she said she took them to the Pizza Hut off Sherron Road.

The woman said the past few years have been very trying for her family. She said she is going through a messy divorce and has had to move several times.

She said after she was seated at the restaurant, she saw a man seated alone in a nearby booth.  She said she apologized for how loud her children were going to be and asked him to forgive them.

The man told her he understood and has three children of his own, she said.

The mother said she went on with her meal and tried to keep her children to behave. One of them is living with Asperger’s and ADHD, she said.

After the man left, the woman said the restaurant’s staff came over and gave her a surprise he left her. He paid the family’s bill and left them with a Pizza Hut gift card.

He also left her a three page letter that she said made her cry.

It reads:

“I do not know your back story, but I have had the privilege of watching you parent your children for the past 30 minutes. I have to say thank you for parenting your children in such a loving manner.

I have watched you teach your children about the importance of respect, education, proper manners, communication, self control, and kindness all while being very patient. I will never cross your path again but am positive that you and your children have amazing futures.

Keep up the good work and when it starts to get tough do not forget that others may be watching and will need the encouragement of seeing a good family being raised. God bless! -Jake”

Source: WTVD-TV