A small friendly act by a Rhode Island toddler is announced as a “blessing” for a grieving father who had recently lost his 16-year-old daughter.
Ryan Catterson delivered pizza Saturday night when toddler Cohen Sheely decided to give him a hug before he left their family’s veranda.
Cohen’s mother Lindsey realized that the heartwarming moment was being recorded on their doorbell camera, but only when she shared the video on social media did she hear about the loss of their delivery person and what the hug could mean for him.
Catterson’s daughter, who lived in California with his ex-wife, struggled with her mental health and died unexpectedly last week.
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Toddler Cohen runs away to hug stranger Ryan Catterson, not knowing how he helped the grieving father who had not seen his family since his daughter’s unexpected loss
Ryan Catterson had just unexpectedly lost his 16-year-old daughter Alyssa, pictured here, and raised money for her funeral service when he received the hug from Cohen
“After losing my daughter last week, it hit me because it was like she was there,” Catterson told ABC 6.
“It really meant a lot to me.
“It will be difficult not to be able to hug her anymore.”
“Many people comment that she may have been looking forward to me,” Catterson added.
“Those words mean something. Maybe she’s there. ”
The short interaction shows Catterson, a delivery boy with ‘Wicked Good Pizza’ in West Warick, who is at the door with pizza and quickly passes it on to Lindsay Sheely.
Sheely’s son Cohen can be heard saying “Bye” while the delivery boy starts walking away.
Her son then runs out of the house and leans forward to give Catterson a hug, after which he is waiting for a kiss with his lip folded.
Sheely runs her son back inside while Catterson says “enjoy your pizza” and leaves.
“Last night when we delivered our pizza (and ranch), Cohen ran outside to hug the delivery boy and tried to give him a kiss!” Sheely originally wrote in her Facebook post.
“We thought it was so sweet and funny and then realized that our doorbell could have caught the interaction on the camera, and it did!
Rhode Island toddler Cohen Sheely ran to pizza delivery boy Ryan Catterson to ask for a hug before he left, an act of kindness that was a “blessing” to the grieving father
Cohen’s mother Lindsay shared the interaction when she discovered it was being captured by their doorbell camera and heard about Ryan’s daughter when he later contacted her
Catterson’s family thanks toddler Cohen Sheely, pictured, for his kind-hearted gesture and is grateful that the young boy “saw his pain and could be there for him” while he mourned
It was only later when a friend shared her Instagram story of the moment that Catterson contacted her and she realized how special it was.
“We knew little about what Cohen’s hug would mean for this stranger,” she added.
“We found out that Ryan recently lost his daughter unexpectedly and that hug from Cohen was a small blessing from God.
“I believe in divine agreements and I know that Ryan delivered our pizza for a reason.”
She also shared the GoFundMe page set up by the Catterson family to cover funeral and travel expenses if the family tries to be together after her death.
The fundraising campaign has now gone straight through its goal of raising more than $ 6,000 because more people are donating after watching the video from Sheely.
Alyssa Patterson, pictured on the right with her father Ryan, died unexpectedly last week. Her father mourned her loss when he delivered pizza to the Sheely family on Saturday night
Alyssa Patterson lived in California with Ryan’s ex-wife Danielle McCord and died unexpectedly at the age of 16 last week. Ryan believes in his hug from Cohen that she “sent it to me”
“Just that it was the perfect timing, I had told my children and the whole family how much I needed hugs before they came and then that sweet little boy gave me one,” Catterson told me Turnto10.com.
“It was almost as if the universe or my daughter had known and sent it to me.”
Catterson’s ex-wife agreed that Cohen’s hug sent a nice message and helped their family.
Danielle McCord told ABC 6 that she was “grateful that someone saw his pain and could be there for him.”
“It’s so easy to miss people and their internal pain,” she added.
“We didn’t know her pain even with our daughter.
Sheely is also happy that Cohen escaped her grasp and walked outside to hug this stranger.
“If I had been scared to let Cohen run out the door because we don’t know this man, and that’s the world we live in, we would have missed this whole moving moment that had not only influenced Ryan’s life, but his whole family and mine, “she said.