- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 24, 2016

A photo of baristas praying over a grieving woman at a coffee shop in Vancouver, Washington, has gone viral.

“Snapped this picture while waiting in line at the Dutch Bros on 138th Avenue today,” Barbara Danner wrote in a Facebook post Saturday. “Turns out the young lady in line ahead of us lost her 37-year-old husband last night.

“When the DB guys & gals noticed she was falling apart, they stopped everything and prayed with her for several minutes, invited her to come back for prayer and support, as well as anything else that she might need. Prayers for the young family, and you know where to stop for coffee!” Ms. Danner wrote.

Her photo has been shared nearly 130,000 times.

Pierce Dunn and Evan Freeman were among the Dutch Bros. employees seen in the photo. They told a local Fox News affiliate that they were taught by their employer to make an effort to connect with customers. That opportunity arose when the unnamed women arrived at their drive-thru window Saturday.

“She’s like, ‘She’s just having a really bad day. Her husband passed.’ And as soon as she said that, I was like, ‘There’s nothing more you need to say. We got this. We’re going to do what we do every time we get someone who’s in pain or hurt. We’re going to give them our love,’” Mr. Freeman said.

Mr. Dunn said he really wanted to help the woman “have peace over the situation.”

“If every single person did an act of kindness or just had smile on their face, the world would be a completely different place,” he told Fox News.

Dutch Bros. owner Jessica Chudek said she was brought to tears when she first learned of the photo.

“I thought, ‘That’s great our company does that and we can show love out the window that way.’ I started studying it a little more and I said, ‘Wait, that’s Evan and Pierce! That’s my stand, those are my kids!’ So it just brought me to tears right then,” she said.

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