When it comes to packing food for kids at school, some moms like to get creative with bag lunches. But for one mom from New Mexico, packing lunch for her son meant feeding two mouths.
It began last month when Josette Duran's eighth grade son, Dylan, asked if she could make him two lunches. Upon hearing this, Duran asked him why he needed extra food — was he still hungry after he'd finished what she packed?
"Mom, it's for this boy," Dylan told her. "He only eats a fruit cup for lunch. Can you make him lunch too? I don't think he has lunch money."
Proud of her son's kind gesture for his friend, the 39-year-old mom knew that she had to help.
"So I said sure, and ever since then, it became my normal," Duran told TODAY.
After several weeks of sending her son to school with two lunches, the mother of Dylan's friend found out that Duran was feeding her son. She offered to pay Duran back for her kind act, but Duran declined.
"This hits home to me because a few years ago, me and my son were homeless," Duran told Des Moines-based television station KCCI. "I was living in my car and I was washing him in bathrooms. And we didn't have food."
The girl's volleyball team coached by Duran also offered her $400 for her weeks of generosity. Instead of pocketing the money, Duran donated it to the school cafeteria.
"We paid up all the past due accounts for all the kids who need lunch," Duran told KCCI. "So now, nobody in that school owes any money, and now everyone can eat."
According to the No Kids Hungry Campaign, 62 percent of teachers see kids who come to school hungry because they aren't getting enough to eat at home. Donations and government programs make sure that kids are provided with nutritional lunches every day.
Dylan's friend is now receiving lunch thanks to federal assistance. And Duran is happy that her son demonstrated true compassion.
"Being kind doesn't have to come in monetary form, just know that if you're having a good day, someone else is having a bad day, and you should fix that," she told Yahoo.