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A young boy runs up and hugs a man delivering pizza and it was captured on a doorbell camera. (WLNE, Lindsey Sheely/
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2-Year-Old Boy Hugs Pizza Delivery Guy, Not Knowing He Just Lost His Daughter

A young boy runs up and hugs a man delivering pizza and it was captured on a doorbell camera. (WLNE, Lindsey Sheely/

WEST WARWICK, R.I. (WLNE via CNN) – A feel-good moment was caught on camera Saturday night as a Rhode Island pizza delivery man was leaving a house.

A young boy ran up to the man and gave him a big hug. It was captured by Lindsey Sheely’s doorbell camera.

“I put it up on my Instagram because we thought it was funny and cute,” she said.

What she didn’t know at the time was what that moment would mean for the delivery man, Ryan Catterson.

“After losing my daughter this past week, it touched me because it was like she was there,” he said. “It just meant a ton to me.”

Catterson’s 16-year-old daughter, Alyssa, who lived with his ex-wife in California, struggled with her mental health and recently passed away unexpectedly.

The video made its way to Catterson, and he reached out to tell Sheely how much it meant.

His ex-wife, Danielle McCord, said the 2-year-old boy taught everyone a valuable lesson without even realizing it.

“It’s so easy to miss people and their internal pain, but it even goes to our daughter,” she said. “We didn’t know her pain. I can’t help but be grateful that someone saw his pain and could be there for him.”

For Catterson, the hug that lasted just a few seconds will be a moment he’ll never let go of.

“A lot of people are commenting, ‘That may have been her looking out for me,'” he said. “Those words mean something. Maybe she’s there.”

A GoFundMe* account has been set up to cover funeral and expenses for Catterson and McCord’s daughter.


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