A woman who invited a lonely stranger to lunch has been hailed as the 'nicest person on Facebook' after recounting her good deed on social media.
Brooke Ochoa, 30, from Louise, Texas, who was dining on her own at a local restaurant, noticed an elderly woman asking for a table for one and invited her to join her for lunch instead.
The pair got on so well that they have now arranged to meet every week and the photographer has earned more than 2.2 million likes, 163,000 comments and 276,000 shares in just one week from people inspired by her story.
Brooke Ochoa, 30, from Louise, Texas
'She then told the waitress, "table for one", so I waited and hesitated but then I walked over and said, "I'm eating by myself too would you like to have lunch together?"
'She was ecstatic! Come to find out she spent the last decade living with her mom who recently passed away and her aunt who recently was put into a nursing home, so she has been having a hard time being alone.
'We had a wonderful talk, and she just kept smiling and saying thank you for listening to me, which made me smile too!
'Her words healed my heart just as much as I healed her lonely one. By far the best decision I've made all year!!! Her name is Delores, and we will be having lunch every Thursday from now on.'
Brooke's post touched a chord with her friends and strangers around the world who left heartfelt comments beneath it.
The photographer posted about her experience on Facebook, attracting more than 2.2million likes
Touching comments include: 'Touched my <3. Blessings are flowing your way,' and 'Such a kind thing you did. Thanks for sharing and giving us food for thought on what kindness we could maybe do on this God given day for someone else.'
One user wrote, 'If only there were more people to take the time to do this,' while another wrote, 'What a humbling story. We never know when we might be in the same situation so be kind to everyone.'
It has also been picked up by multiple outlets including Canadian site The Loop, which called Brooke 'the nicest person on Facebook'.
Brooke shared the story on her page but added: 'This is a beautiful title but not one I was reaching out to get.
'I'm glad they got my intentions right though because all I wanted was to make a difference in one persons life.. to be kind, to do better, to see that being there for someone else can fill your heart with just as much happiness too.
'It was never a boast, just a post that I thought would make others take a step back, make a change and smile. Glad that is exactly what happened.'
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