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Elderly Woman Eats with Complete Stranger at McDonald's, Photo of Sweet Moment Goes Viral

Another random act of kindness has sparked the attention of folks across the country. But this story has a twist — both people involved are the givers and the receivers.

Usually, we read stories in which one person steps out to show kindness and love to another. A young man brings shoes to the homeless or a child serves meals to those in need.

In the case of a meal at a McDonald’s in Noblesville, Indiana, it seems that two acts of kindness occurred in a way you might not expect.

According to a Facebook post shared by teacher Amanda Craft, an elderly woman was looking for someone to share a meal with.

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Craft and her friends looked on as the woman approached a gentleman eating alone and asked if she could sit with him. He kindly said, “of course.”

“They talked and laughed together like they were friends,” the teacher on her lunch break wrote. “They didn’t know each other, and they couldn’t be more different. But today they shared a meal together and it touched our hearts.”

In the photo, the man, Eric Haralson, can be seen smiling. The elderly woman, who has been identified as Jan, seemingly wanted to keep him company.

Would you be willing to eat lunch with a lonely stranger?

But Haralson’s invitation for her to sit is just as thoughtful. He told “Good Morning America” he’d first witnessed a group of teens blow her off when she tried to engage in conversation with them.

“One of the kids had a man bun and she was very intrigued by it and asked what made him come up with that hairstyle,” Haralson said. “They didn’t take to her that much.”

But that’s quite all right because if the teens had taken to Jan she may not have found a new friend in Haralson, who says they sat and talked and ate together for 45 minutes.

“She goes to church every Sunday, we talked a lot about that,” he said. “She did not have any kids or a significant other that she made mention of.”

“I could tell she’s a firecracker,” he continued. “She will tell you exactly how she feels and has no problem being outgoing.”

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I love this woman already. She definitely sounds like the kind of person I’d want to share a meal with, and Haralson does, too.

The two exchanged numbers and the 28-year-old father has already reached out to Jan, hoping to invite her to breakfast again soon.

“I don’t know if she has anyone else in her life and I want to reach out to her as much as I can,” he told “GMA.”

This sweet moment has gone viral, which just goes to show people hunger for more acts of kindness like this one.

Be a Jan or an Eric today. Stop and say “hi,” share a meal and a smile. You never know how far your simple gesture will reach.

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Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.
Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.

Sarah's experience as a successful working stay-at-home mom and business owner has given her the chance to write and research often. She stays up to date on the latest in entertainment and offers her views on celebrity stories based on her wide knowledge of the industry. Her success as a former preschool teacher and licensed daycare provider lend to her know-how on topics relating to parenting and childhood education.

Her thoughts on faith and family issues stem from home life and ministry work. Sarah takes time to attend workshops and classes annually that help her to improve and hone her writing craft. She is a graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature program and her writing has been acclaimed by ACFW and ECPA.
Education
Institute of Children's Literature, Art Institute of Phoenix (Advertising), University of California Irvine (Theater), Snow College (Early Childhood Education)
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Arizona
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English
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