Now more than ever, we could all use some extra love. Fortunately, April DiDonna of Oak Harbor, Washington, is here to serve!
April is the assistant manager at a local Wendy’s restaurant, where she has spent more than three months spreading compassion to strangers who come for food and leave feeling loved.
Back in October, April was working the drive-thru when she felt compelled to tell a customer she loved him. Her reason for doing so was simple: Why not?
“What I feel and what I believe is that if people can hate for no reason, then why can’t I love?” she explained.
Since then, she has said “I love you” to thousands of customers as they wait in line for their meals, and about 2,700 of them have told her the feeling is mutual. It’s even become a regular routine at the establishment!
“A lot of people are now driving up to the speaker and telling us that they love us before we even take their order,” she said. “It’s just really awesome. It’s really nice to see the positivity and the love that’s flowing.”
While some people admittedly find the declaration a bit odd, for others, it can’t come at a better time. One woman who was on the receiving end of April’s affection broke down in her car, explaining that she had recently lost both her husband and brother.
“I don’t have anyone there to tell me they love me anymore,” the woman said, to which April promised that she could come back for a hug anytime she wanted. After all, April can relate. Her own husband passed away in July 2019, leaving her to raise three sons on her own.
“I was lost for a long time,” she told CNN. “I was sad for a long time, but not anymore. There’s so much light and I’m going to keep shining bright.”
Never stop filling hearts with hope, April! You are the light behind thousands of smiles!
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