Kids & Family

Stranger’s Act Of Kindness Comes With Incredible Life Lesson

She thought she was just buying a child's birthday cake, but the impact was much bigger.


When Holly Grimet picked up her daughter's birthday cake last week at a Kroger supermarket in Alvin, TX, she didn't expect to also get a lesson in gratitude.

A woman had visited the same bakery earlier that day and paid for a cake for a stranger as an act of kindness. She also left behind a personal note that read:

"My son Nehemiah would be 8 years old today. I wanted to remember my son by doing good to others. I hope you enjoy your child's cake and I hope your day is special. Hold your baby a little tighter today, watch them as they play, be patient with them, kiss their sweet little hand and tell them how much you love them. Our children are such special gifts! Hope your day is beautiful. Much love from me and my angel in heaven to your family."

The bakers read the letter and decided the money should be used for a child's cake, so when Grimet showed up later to pick up her daughter's birthday cake, she was told that the payment had already been taken care of.

The note had Grimet (along with the bakery workers) in tears. It was especially meaningful since the cake was for her daughter's eighth birthday.

Grimet, pictured here with her family, says she got one of the greatest lessons of her life that day. Holly Grimet/Facebook

"Thank you God for this gift, Grimiet told KHOU-TV. "For giving me my sweet little girls to love on when this mom is lying in bed wishing she could do the same thing. How sad that people take it for granted."

Grimet later shared the letter in a Facebook post where she expressed her gratitude, not only for the cake, but for the important lesson the experience taught her.

The post has over 400 reactions and has been shared 200 times.

"This made me ugly cry," Janette Lee Rone wrote.

Marcy Fisher Gandy commented, "Crying over here too! 💗Wow. What a great reminder to not take the little things for granted❤️ Love it❤️"

Grimet has been trying to find the woman who bought the cake so that she can thank her in person, but so far the do-gooder's identity is a mystery. In honor of the incredible gift she received, Grimet purchased another person's cake later that week.

"A gift, for me to know that I need to cherish every birthday every celebration. Even though I didn't want to throw a birthday party. I'm so glad I did," she said.

How can you start something good?

Inspired by this incredible act of kindness?


Why not take the anonymous woman's lead and do a random act of kindness for someone in your community? You can buy a cake, cover someone's lunch tab or just take the time to tell someone you care. It's often the smallest acts that mean the most.


Let's #StartSomethingGood together.

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