2-year-old boy rushes to hug pizza delivery man goodbye — without knowing he just lost his daughter

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(CBS News) – When a delivery man brought pizza to his house on Saturday night, a toddler from Rhode Island wanted to thank him. So the 2-year-old ran outside and gave the delivery man a big hug.

The sweet moment was caught on the home’s doorbell camera. The little boy named Cohen is seen running, arms outstretched, toward the delivery man as he’s about to leave. Cohen then tries to kiss the man, as his mom tells him to just blow kisses. The delivery man thanks Cohen for his kindness and tells him to have a good night.

The toddler’s enthusiasm melted hearts when his mom posted the video on Facebook. “We thought it was so sweet and funny,” Lindsey Sheely wrote about her son’s affectionate gesture. “I hope it gives you a laugh and warms your heart like it did for us.”

“Even better, is that I posted this to my IG stories last night and somehow, it found it’s way to the man who delivered our pizza! Thank you, Ryan for being so sweet with our little guy!” she wrote.

Sheely tagged Ryan Catterson, the man who graciously accepted her son’s hug. Then she added an update to her post with more information about Catterson.

“Little did we know what Cohen’s hug to this stranger would mean,” Sheely wrote. After someone connected Sheely and Catterson on Facebook, they started talking.

“Through this, we found out that Ryan unexpectedly lost his daughter recently, and that hug from Cohen was a little blessing from God,” Sheely’s post continued.

On Catterson’s Facebook, the dad posted about the loss of his daughter, Alyssa, who was 16 years old.

“I believe in divine appointments and know that Ryan was the one to deliver our pizza for a reason,” Sheely wrote, adding that Catterson’s family has a GoFundMe to cover the cost of Alyssa’s funeral.

“My heart is so heavy for this family,” Sheely wrote. “Anything to help lighten the burden, I know, will be greatly appreciated.”

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