A 9-year-old boy’s simple act of kindness towards a hurricane evacuee is going viral.
Landon Routzong, 9, was in the drive-thru line at Chick-fil-A near his Alabama home Friday with his mom when he noticed the car in front of them had a Florida license plate. He had a hunch the person inside was escaping Hurricane Irma ahead of the storm and wanted to do something to help.
“…[H]e declared we were paying for their meal, and I agreed,” his mom, Tara Parker Routzong, wrote in a now-viral Facebook post.
Tara handed her son her debit card, and Landon ran up to the window and offered to pay for the man’s food. The man agreed.
“I didn’t want them to waste their money on food because they’re trying to escape the hurricane,” Landon told ABC News. “I felt like I should help out.”
The man pulled up to them afterwards, and the family learned that he was in fact an evacuee from Miami on his way to stay with family in Birmingham during the storm.
“I told him we hoped he returned to his house untouched and that we’d keep him in our thoughts,” wrote Tara. “Landon and I both had tears in our eyes from how appreciative he was.”
Tara said she was extremely proud of her son’s kind instincts.
“I often feel like I’m failing because I can’t do it all, all the time and then things like this happen and remind me that I don’t have to. My most important job is going just fine,” wrote Tara.