When one family went into a grocery store in Arizona to pick up a birthday cake, they were surprised to learn that it had been paid for already and a card was included. When they read the card, they were deeply moved.
On Dec. 27, 2017, Kyle Jauregui, 23, and his family headed into the grocery store to pick up a birthday cake for his 11-year-old sister, Madison. They never expected it to be paid for already, let alone have a card included too.
“We were pretty shocked and really grateful,” Kyle Jauregui told ABC News. “When we read the card we all just felt an overwhelming amount of love and just felt really blessed.”
Inside the card was a handwritten message with touching words from a lamenting mom.
“In honor of my daughter’s 10th birthday I have chosen your cake to pay for,” the card reads. “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.” It was signed, “McKenna’s Mom.”
Kyle was moved by the stranger’s act of kindness, and he decided to share photos of the cake, the card, and a picture of his sister holding the card on Twitter, along with a thank you message.
“So today is my sisters birthday and when we went to pick up her cake someone had already paid for it. It was left with this card…,” Kyle wrote, “my family was speechless and we just want to say thank you to McKenna’s mom and wish McKenna a Happy Birthday. There’s still good in this world.”
So today is my sisters birthday and when we went to pick up her cake someone had already paid for it. It was left with this card… my family was speechless and we just want to say thank you to McKenna’s mom and wish McKenna a Happy Birthday. There’s still good in this world 🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/ev3IeQKu6q
— Kyle Jauregui (@Shhwaggy_T) December 27, 2017
The post has been retweeted nearly 59,000 times and liked more than 203,000 times.
The Jauregui family was soon connected with McKenna’s mom and learned the story behind the cake.
Ashley Santi, from Scottsdale, Arizona, lost her only child, McKenna, in 2008 when her baby girl was just 9 months old. She died of a brain injury caused by an accident. Santi came up with the idea to give out a birthday cake on McKenna’s birthday and has been doing this since 2010.
“I wanted to do something special for her birthday,” Santi told ABC News. “Each year I get a blank card and fill it out with whatever comes to mind and then leave it with the bakery to give to the family.”
As for Madison, she was happy to receive the cake and couldn’t help but feel a little special.
“I think it was overwhelming for my sister,” Kyle said. “She just felt a little bit of extra love and extra blessed that day and felt like she had a guardian angel looking over her.”
Thanks to Santi and her act of kindness, this is one birthday cake that Madison will surely never forget.