Moms are nothing short of real world superheroes. When their kids are young, mothers spend their days wiping runny noses and fixing lunches, all while expecting nothing in return.
So when their children grow up, it’s only natural for them to want to return the favor. Alison Hill’s mother, Tia Hill, was celebrating her birthday, and her daughter wanted to send her some flowers.
Tia Hill was turning 71 on May 24. Her daughter wanted to send her flowers.
While placing flower delivery is fairly commonplace, getting a delivery to Tia was going to be a challenge. Alison lived in Halifax, Nova Scotia, more than 2,000 miles from her mother’s home in Manitoba, Canada.
Moreover, there was no flower delivery service in Tia’s small, rural town. If Alison was going to get her mother flowers, she was going to have to think outside the box.
She made a post on Reddit explaining the situation and hoping someone might be willing to help her with the errand. It was only a matter of minutes before someone responded to the post.
A man who she’d never met kindly offered to make the birthday delivery. When Alison offered to compensate him for his gas, he refused.
Alison placed an order at a flower shop 40 minutes away from her mother’s house.
After he figured out who Tia was, he fetched the flowers her daughter had sent her out of the truck. But he brought something that ended up being a surprise to both Tia and Alison.
“He went around to the passenger side and he came out with an urn full of salmon pink hibiscus and a birthday cake. And I was shocked. I was like, ‘Where did this come from?'” Tia said to CBC.
Tia called her daughter to thank her for the lovely gift, but when she mentioned the cake, Alison balked.
The man stopped on his own and bought a cake that said “Happy Birthday Tia,” on it.
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“He had messaged me to ask what my mother’s name was, which I thought was hilarious that I never bothered to tell him, even though I sent him to her front door,” Alison said to the CBC.
Tia was over the moon, and couldn’t believe someone would go through so much trouble without ever having met.
“I don’t know who this man is, but he came with flowers and a birthday cake, so I love him to death,” Tia said.
Tia learned the man’s name was Dean, but didn’t realize he was a stranger until she spoke to her daughter. Tia said she wished she’d asked for his last name. Alison wrote him several thank yous.
“He just said that I’m very welcome, and he does these things because he hopes someday someone will look out for his mom, too,” Alison said.