Amanda Riggan is a young woman on a mission. She works as a FedEx driver and also runs Hungry Heroes which thanks those who serve and protect us with gifts of food.
The organization delivers delicious meals to those emergency workers who risk their lives every day and to encourage and inspire others.
But recently, while on her delivery rounds, she encountered a stranger who reached out to her for help and Amanda did not disappoint.
Kind-hearted Amanda recorded a clip after her encounter, and shared it on Facebook on Jan. 3.
“Hey everyone, as you can tell I’m at work,” she says. “I just had to pull over and share something real quick.”
“As I’m delivering, I pull up to this house, the lady walks out because she’s checking her mailbox for her newspaper. And I have two boxes for her, so we start walking up the driveway together, and she asks me if I had a happy holidays, and I was telling her how busy it was.”
‘Tears in her eyes’
“I told her I had a really great Christmas and New Years, and I asked her the same, I was like ‘how was your holidays?’ And with tears in her eyes, she said it wasn’t good. She said, ‘He’s sick. My husband’s sick. He has cancer.’”
“I continue to small talk and try to change the subject because that’s awkward, and I deliver her package. She said ‘what’s your name?’ I said ‘Amanda,’ and she told me her name. I drove off. My heart’s pounding. I do probably 20 more stops, and I have to go back.”
In Amanda’s line of work, time is of the essence but the woman’s comments stuck with her and she knew what she had to do.
“I stopped what I was doing. I went back to that neighborhood, and rang her doorbell, and asked her — she came down the stairs, she had tears in her eyes when she saw it was me, she smiled, and I said ‘Ma’am can I pray with you?’ And she just broke down. She came out on the front porch and squeezed me so tight.”
Listen to Amanda’s story in the clip below.
Amanda sets a wonderful example for us all to stop and listen to those around us. You never know the difference you could make by just taking five minutes out of your day to lend a sympathetic ear.
Please share to remind others.