Photo of Employees at a Coffee Shop Praying with a Grieving Widow Goes Viral


By Angela Wills

The internet and social media sites are filled with viral posts on a daily basis. Many of these are simply too good or down right too awful to be true or even shared. However on occasion, there is a moment that tugs at the heart strings and is definitely worth sharing.

This is what happened in a photo that took over the internet recently. We all need a shoulder to lean on at times and that’s exactly what a team of employees from a Washington coffee show were on this viral photo, a much needed shoulder.

Reports from KPTV indicate that Evan Freeman and Pierce Dunn from the Dutch Bros. coffee shop in Vancouver, WA were photographed praying with a grieving customer who had just lost her husband the day before. Freeman says the customer is a regular, and she’d pulled up to the drive-thru in tears. The employees offered her a free drink, but didn’t stop there. They also took her hand and prayed for her and her family during the loss of her husband and this difficult time.

A customer witnessed this taking place and snapped the photo of the special moment and posted it on Facebook. The post has been shared more than 100,000 times.

From KPTV:

“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,’” said Freeman.

Freeman and Dunn say the woman was so grateful to them for taking her hand and taking the time. They had no intention of this moment going viral but say maybe it will inspire someone else.

“If every single person did an act of kindness or just had smile on their face, the world would be a completely different place,” said Dunn.

Jessica Chudek, owner of Dutch Bros. coffee shop in Vancouver, WA said that she was moved by the viral photo before she even became aware that it was of her employees. Dunn and Freeman say they connect with customers all the time and will more than likely continue to do so, long after the likes and shares are no longer being discussed.