A Canberra woman who took her foster child out for coffee with a friend recently did not expect a random act of kindness to leave her in tears.
The anonymous mum posted a heartfelt thank you message on the Canberra Mums Facebook page after a stranger gave her young foster daughter a card with five dollars inside a message that read:
"For a well behaved little girl. We hope you have a Merry Christmas. Santa is always watching. He sends people to let you know that you are on the 'nice' list. Here's a reward for being so good!"
The appreciative mum said the kind stranger could not have realised the positive impact the note had on the little girl, who was only recently separated from her biological family.
"Dear Santa's Little Helper ... on Tuesday you approached us while we were having a treat at Max Brenner. You put an envelope on our table and promptly left, barely a word spoken," the thankful mum wrote on Facebook.
"I could not hold back the tears when I opened the card you left and read your thoughtful words. You acknowledged the beautiful behaviour of my child, who sat quietly eating chocolate strawberries and chatting to me and my friend.
"What you couldn't have possibly known is that the child you took the time to acknowledge has recently been separately from their birth family.
"Life for a foster child is not easy, but through your kindness you have shown this amazing child the spirit of community. As a foster carer, I can't tell you how much your gift of kind words (and $5) means to us. Your random act of kindness towards us complete strangers has touched me deeply. I will treasure this memory for my lifetime. Thankyou."
The post was made on Monday morning and has already been shared more than 170 times, received more than 2,200 likes and attracted almost 100 comments.
One commenter explained the random act of kindness towards the foster child was carried out by a friend of hers who has committed to something kind for a stranger each day in the lead-up Christmas.
"The people who gave the card and money to this little girl are friends of mine. They decided with their children that instead of giving their 4 kids advent calendars, that they would do a good deed every day till Christmas Eve.
"The first one was paying for a little old lady's entire grocery bill. Another was putting together a pamper kit for a colleague who needed a bit of pampering.
"These people ALWAYS go above and beyond for others in need and are always the first to help where needed ... They are truly a wonderful family and I just wanted to acknowledge them and their kindness."
If comments on the thank you post are anything to go by, the family's kind gesture definitely achieved its aim of making people feel good.
"That is beautiful. Restores my faith in humanity," one commenter wrote.
"When you hear and read so much crap on tv, you read this and it makes me feel much better about the world!" said another.