When Katie Kavetsky pulled up to the drive-thru window at her local Starbucks, she wasn’t expecting to receive anything but the coffee she had ordered. But when she got to the window the barista handed her a card and her coffee. Kavetsky was also informed that the car in front of her had paid for her drink.
“What you don’t know about your act of kindness, is that it meant so much more to me than just a free coffee,” she wrote on Facebook.
Kavetsky was having a rough morning—so she decided to visit Starbucks.
According to Kavetsky’s post, her father passed away a few days earlier and that morning was particularly rough. She wanted to get something at Starbucks and hoped it would brighten her day. And while not having to pay for her drink was a plus, it wasn’t the only reason she couldn’t help but smile.
Kavetsky opened the card—and inside it said that the drink was paid for by “Hannah’s Loved Ones.” It was a random act of kindness in memory of a little girl named Hannah, who according to the card, would have turned three that very same day.
She experienced a random act of kindness, which left her stunned.
“I don’t know who you are, or what you believe, but I truly believe that this morning, my dad, and your little girl, found each other in heaven and they wanted us to connect,” Kavetsky wrote.
After receiving the note, Kavetsky posted her story on social media where it was shared hundreds of times. Frank Somerville, an anchor on KTVU, also shared Kavetsky’s post. Hours after he shared her post, Hannah’s loved ones responded.
It turns out that Hannah was a little girl who had been stillborn. Her mother, Sarah Sica Elvin, had asked friends and family to perform little acts of kindness in honor of her daughter. One of those friends was Rebecca Esquivel Makris. The two met because both of their babies were stillborn.
“I debated writing the card,” Makris wrote on Somerville’s post. “Should I just cover their coffee. Should I reach out and let them know why. I went with the why. And I’m so glad it got to her in such a meaningful way/on a day she needed it.”
Kavetsky took the act of kindness as a sign from her father.
Kavetsky’s initial post ended with her being uncertain if Hannah’s loved ones would ever see the note, but she later updated her post to say that the three women had been in contact and she was forever grateful for the small but meaningful gesture.
“Thank you for your act of kindness, for the free coffee, but even more, thank you for making me feel my dad was here today, for touching my heart in a way you never knew you could,” Kavetsky wrote.