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Office Buddy For The Win!
Submitted by Natalie Matsumoto

I tend to work through lunch (bad habit) in my office and if it is a busy week, I forget to bring lunch and end up eating Cheetos from our vending machine (another bad habit). On a particular day last month, I had looked up from my desk to find it was 3 pm and I still hadn't made time to eat lunch. My office buddy, Richard Gutierrez, noticed I was running low on fumes and knew I hadn't had lunch. He happened to have some lunch packed for the day that he didn't eat and proactively offered it to me. Not only was it homemade (woo, no vending machine or Starbucks grab n' go food), it was enough food for a snack that afternoon and to bring home for dinner. After a long day, it truly just brought a smile to me knowing I had a co-worker who genuinely cared about my well-being and was generous enough to give up his lunch that he could have saved for himself the next day. Small acts really make a big difference. It was a reminder of how lucky I am to work alongside people I consider more than co-workers, but friends! I had to share this story as he got nothing in return but still decided to do something kind for me!

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