It’s a photo of gentle humanity that’s going viral. On March 19th, Barbara Danner snapped this picture while waiting in line at the drive through of a Dutch Bros. Coffee in Vancouver.
Evan Freeman, an employee at the Dutch Bros., told The Columbian that he saw a co-worker speaking with the woman and they both had “faces of discomfort.” He learned that the woman’s husband had passed away the night before.
The caption on Danner’s Facebook photo reads:
Snapped this picture while waiting in line at the Dutch Bros on 138th Avenue today. Turns out the young lady in line ahead of us lost her 37-year-old husband last night. When the DB guys & gals noticed she was falling apart, they stopped everything and prayed with her for several minutes, invited her to come back for prayer and support, as well as anything else that she might need. Prayers for the young family, and you know where to stop for coffee!
Freeman told Tucson News Now, “And as soon as she said that, I was like, ‘There’s nothing more you need to say. We got this.’ We’re going to do what we do every time we get someone who’s in pain or hurt. We’re going to give them our love.”
He continued, “We started talking to her, letting her know she has support and wishing happy things on her. We just wanted to make her feel better in any way we could.”
In additional to giving her free coffee, APLUS reports the employees reached through the drive-thru window and prayed with her for a few minutes.
Jessica Chudek, owner of the Dutch Bros. said, “We encourage them to pour love out of that window in whatever way is comfortable for them,” she said. “I don’t think this was a religious thing. It was just something this woman needed at that time.”
While no one wishes for terrible things to happen to family and friends, it sure is comforting to know there are good and caring people in the world.