Family Pick Up Daughters Birthday Cake, Their Heart Drops When It Comes With Card From Stranger
Karen Brost 1/10/2018
Most families planning a birthday celebration for a loved one pretty much know what to expect. But when a young girl named Madison was about to turn 11, her family got quite the surprise when they went to pick up her birthday cake.
It's no surprise that their story has since gone viral...
When Madison's family arrived at the bakery, they discovered that a stranger had already paid for her cake. But this was much more than a generous gesture. It represented a heartbroken mother's way of honoring her own daughter named McKenna, who passed away in a tragic accident when she a baby.
McKenna's mom Ashley left a touching note with the cake that read,
"Dear Birthday Girl Family,
In honor of my daughter's 10th birthday I have chosen your birthday cake to pay for. Each year I do this random act of kindness because I am unable to buy my daughter a cake of her own. Today is her big double digit birthday.
Please enjoy your day."
Grateful of the stranger's meaningful act of kindness, Madison's brother Kyle posted this response on Twitter:
"My family was speechless and we just want to say thank you to McKenna's mom and wish McKenna a Happy Birthday."
One woman responded to Kyle's message by saying that this is the first time she cried over a Twitter post. Another woman tweeted,
"This is just awesome. Your daughter gets to celebrate her birthday with an angel born the same day. It's a wonderful gesture."
Along with the handwritten note, McKenna's mom Ashley left a "Kindness Card" from the MISS Foundation, an international nonprofit organization dedicated to serving the needs of grieving families. The card read,
"This Random Act of Kindness. . . Done in loving memory of ‘MBug' McKenna Jodell 12/27/07 - 9/27/08."
The cards are part of the MISS Foundation's Kindness Project that began in 1996. Since that time, people around the world have used nearly two million Kindness Cards to perform random acts of kindness in memory of a child, parent, friend or spouse who passed away before their time. They, like Ashley, have made the effort to perform these selfless gestures, even in spite of their grief. As Kyle tweeted,
"There's still good in the world."