Dad Stares At His Kids' Food, Stranger Snaps A Viral Photo And His Life Changes
LifeAspire Staff 4/19/2017
By now we are all familiar with the power of social media in creating trends, changing opinions, and making an impact. It's no surprise that it's such a big part of our culture!
Here is one more story we can add to that list in which a stranger's observation shared via Facebook, changed a father's life.
Jhunnel Sarajan is a property investment consultant selling real estate in Manilla, Philippines. Recently, he happened to find himself grabbing some food at the local fast food chain called Jollibee. A hit with kids and adults alike, Jollibee sells burgers, hotdogs, pancakes, and more - similar to chains like McDonald's and Burger King in America.
By local standards however, the food is not as cheap as what you would find in a food stall, and especially by children, Jollibee is seen as a special treat because of its Western world influences.
Jhunnel knew this very well and perhaps it's why he was moved by what he observed at a table near him during his visit.
There he saw a father, who appeared to be one of the hard working yet poor citizens of Manilla, along with his two young daughters who were clearly getting treated to a special meal at Jollibee.
Jhunnel took a picture in that moment, showing the father staring at his daughters and their food, as he himself sat selflessly, unable to afford anything for himself after splurging on his kids.
Jhunnel later shared this picture on Facebook, saying:
"I can't contain my emotion when I saw them in Jollibee .... This is a photograph of a father's love. A depiction of genuine selflessness."
This is when the gods of social media took over, as his post went viral with more than 140,000 reactions and over 70,000 shares!
Some of the people to notice it were the folks at Jollibee, who took it a step further and did something very special for the family. Jollibee shared on their Facebook page:
"... we decided to give him and his two daughters a triple surprise treat!"
The surprise for the father, later identified as Ryan Arebuabo, included a shopping spree at one of the local grocery stores, and for his two daughters, Jollibee hosted birthday parties at one of their local stores.
Additional well wishes and donations poured in for Ryan and his family after various news media sources interviewed and spread his story. Needless to say Jhunnel is glad to have been part of the impetus that made such a huge difference in someone's world.
For Ryan and his daughters the interest and the support has been unlike anything they would have experienced otherwise. And it all happened because a stranger understood a father's emotions and social media helped spread the word.
One simple photograph can change your life forever as Ryan Arebuabo has recently discovered. We hope that stories like these continue to be observed and shared so that the rest of us can take pride in how humanity is helping each other. Tell us, have you recently experienced an act of kindness?
Sources: GMA News, Facebook/Jollibee, Facebook/Jhunnel Sarajan