How One Note Struck the Right Chord for these Parents
The spirit of generosity is not just awake during the holidays, but everywhere, all year round. Anonymous good-hearted strangers hand out unexpected gifts to unsuspecting people without a word. Such acts of kindness can come at just the right time, without the giver even knowing just how much of a difference they’re making.
We’ve seen the stories of servers receiving huge tips, or military members receiving gifts from mystery donors. There are even more instances of meal tabs getting picked up by unknown strangers, making someone’s day-– or year for that matter.
On Father’s Day of this year, one family experienced being touched by a random act of kindness in a moment they really needed it. Dan and Maxi Cortez of Cabot, Arkansas went out for lunch with their one-year-old baby girls. The military family had a wonderful time celebrating the day at Red Lobster.
When it was time to pay the bill, they were handed a receipt with a note written on the back of it:
“Happy Father’s Day! Enjoy your babies, they don’t stay little long! From the family across from you, God bless you!”
Maxi gave birth to a set of triplets in May, 2015: the two girls, and a boy named Landon. Landon passed away at seven weeks old after being diagnosed with bacterial meningitis. The family was celebrating and grieving at the same time when they were out at Red Lobster that day, so their meal being taken care of was quite the pleasant surprise.
According to a story published on Arkansas Matters, Maxi had this to say:
From the time he was born he never closed his eyes. He just wanted to be awake all the time. It’s like he knew that he only had a short time. . .Our family at one point was complete. We had our whole family at home together only to turn around and have one of the biggest pieces of our heart torn away.