A well-prepared meal can do wonders for your mood—and when it is delivered only for you by a stranger, it arrives like an angel of mercy.
That’s why, when a restaurant worker went above and beyond the call of duty to deliver a special meal to Rick Rhoads’s sick father, the grateful son felt compelled to thank the employee in person.
Rick, who lives in Michigan, was distraught after learning that his 86-year-old father in Pickering, Ontario, was in need of heartier food.
Dale, who has been battling pancreatic cancer while temporarily living at an assisted living home, told his son that he really missed eating some of his favorite foods – primarily cheeseburgers and fries. But since he was unable to leave the facility, Dale could only reminisce about the delicious dinners of his earlier days.
Hoping that a special meal would cheer up his father, Rick called every burger restaurant in Pickering to ask if they could deliver for a local senior. A dozen establishments told Rick that they could not.
Finally, Carmen Kolandjian, the owner of Kips Flamin’ Burgers, picked up the phone and heard the desperate plea.
At first she hesitated to take the time during her own day to make any food delivery. Then, Rick explained his dilemma.
“After I explained the circumstances of my father’s failing health, and concerns of his recent eating habits, she took it upon herself to extend her compassion and heart to help the son of a man whom she never met before. She finished her shift at work and drove the food to the local assisted living home, asking for nothing in return,” Rhoads told The Star.
True to her word, Kolandjian hand-delivered a burger, french fries, and a side of gravy with a note reading: “Hi Dale, this is from your amazing son, Rick. Enjoy your meal.”
“It just tugged at my heart strings when he told me about his dad,” said Kolandjian. “I always try to do a good deed. I have a soft spot for the elderly.”
Her kindness did not go ignored by Rick. The man traveled from Michigan to Pickering so he could visit his father and stop by the burger joint to personally thank Kolandjian for the gesture – because as he told The Star, “people like that need to be recognized.”
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