A birthday cake for Mandy posted online in a photo has created quite the online storm as it has touched the hearts of many folks. When Lisa Aldrich picked up a birthday cake at a Michigan Meijer store, she did what most people do and that was to ask the person behind the bakery counter to personalize the cake with writing.
In Aldrich’s case she wanted “Happy Birthday Mandy” written on the cake and the girl agreed to do so. Aldrich never checked the cake, just thanked the bakery worker before making her way to the checkout counter, reports News Max on December 3.
It wasn’t until the cake was on the checkout counter that Aldrich got a look at the writing and as you can see from the picture above it wasn’t very professional looking. She chuckled and said to the cashier that she thought it was funny and so will the people who would be eating it, so there was no problem.
The cashier didn’t share Aldrich’s sense of humor and called a few other cashiers along with a manager to look at the cake. Aldrich told the crowd of employees she didn’t mind the way it looked and that the cake was coming home with her.
That is when the cashier put her hand on Aldrich’s shoulder and thanked her. She said that the girl who wrote this is autistic and she didn’t normally write on the cakes, but Aldrich had made her day when she smiled and thanked her. The cashier thanked Aldrich for being so kind to the girl.
Aldrich got the cake home and took a picture of the creation from Meijers and posted it on her Facebook page. She also gave her account of the story of how the cake came to say Happy Birthday Mandy in a way that was at best messy! Because it was such a feel-good story, the picture went viral.
According to Wood TV, Aldrich was inundated with people thanking her for her kindness from around the country. Her post was even shared by Lt. Governor Brian Calley, who is a long-time advocate for Autism awareness. A few days after the first post, Aldrich wrote that she swears this isn’t a marketing ploy for Meijers, just a reminder of how a little kindness can go a long way.
Aldrich posted the picture because she thought she would share that “kindness is important.” It seems that most folks took it for that intended use, but for the naysayers, Aldrich took to Facebook once again to make that clear. She posted:
“1. I am a real person.
2. This is not a Meijer marketing ploy.
3. I never asked for all this publicity, I just wanted people to consider being nice to each other.
4. This is my breakfast today, as it has been since Saturday”
Just to set those folks straight who may have thought she was on an advertising mission for the store. She’s not. She’s advertising nothing but kindness!