Photo of Coffee Shop Employees Praying with Grieving Customer Goes Viral
If your faith in humanity could use a little boost today, here it is.
In the photo above , several employees of Dutch Bros Coffee in Vancouver, Washington are seen praying with a woman whose 37-year-old husband passed away the night before.
The photo was taken by customer Barbera Danner and posted it to the Dutch Bros Facebook page on March 19. As of the morning of March 23rd, it had been shared over 92,000 times.
"Snapped this picture while waiting in line at the Dutch Bros on 138th Avenue today", Danner's Facebook post reads.
"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!"
Employee Evan Freeman told KPTV News in Portland, Oregon that he and his co-workers were only doing what their employer trained them to do - connect with the customers.
"She's like, 'She's just having a really bad day. Her husband passed.' 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 said.
Freeman and coworker Pierce Dunn said they had no idea Danner had taken the photo until they saw it online. They told KPTV News they hope it will serve as inspiration to others.
"If every single person did an act of kindness or just had smile on their face, the world would be a completely different place," Dunn said.
We're inclined to agree.