One mom was minding her own business as she walked along the street with her daughter. Then, out of the blue, a little girl called out to her and slipped her one of the most beautiful notes she would ever read.
Louise Sharp comes from the seaside town of Whitley Bay, located on the north-east coast of England. And although she’s a busy mom of three, she still finds time to give back to her local community and volunteers at a local children’s hospital in her spare time.
Among other charitable activities, Sharp arranged a dancing fundraiser in aid of the radio station of another nearby hospital. “I volunteer with Radio Lollipop once a week providing entertainment to poorly children,” Sharp explained to Chronicle Live. “I’m also a keen Clubberciser, after finding it two years ago, and it changed my life.”
To raise money for the hospital radio station, Sharp decided to call on her passion for dance workouts. Along with an army of volunteers, she danced through the night for the charity drive. And, much to her delight, she and her team managed to raise £1,000 ($1,300).
However, in April 2017, Sharp discovered that she wasn’t the only kind-hearted person in her hometown. That’s when she met an eight-year-old girl called Cassidy McDermott. And she too was fond of helping others.
Sharp had been walking through Whitley Bay town center with her daughter. “I heard someone shout, ‘Excuse me,’” she later recalled on Facebook. “I turned around expecting someone to tell me I’d dropped something or ask who my energy supplier is – the norm in Whitley Bay.”
However, Sharp had not encountered a market researcher. Instead, she turned around to see a little girl in the street. And what happened next would leave her astounded.
“A young girl aged around eight or nine handed me a bunch of daffodils, a chocolate bunny and a note and said, ‘These are for you,’” Sharp wrote. The gesture took her aback. She asked the child why she was handing over these gifts.
“Because you’re special and people need to be told they’re special,” the generous little girl replied, much to Sharp’s amazement. “And we all need to be kind to each other. So these are off me and my grandad.”
Sharp said the incident had left her “completely gobsmacked.” However, she didn’t leave the scene without returning the compliment to the little girl. “I thanked her and told her she’s extremely kind and that makes her special too,” she said.
Along with the presents, McDermott also gave Sharp a handwritten note. And what it said was absolutely beautiful. In fact, it was so special that Sharp decided to share an image of the letter with her followers online.
It said, “My grandad and I love everyone, so we love you. Please be kind to others and they will be kind to you. Tell someone you love them today. Show them you love them today, like we love you today.”
Naturally, the sentiment bowled Sharp over. In fact, she liked what McDermott had written so much that she wanted others to take heed of the little girl’s advice. “I doubt you’ll see this, but I’ve just read the note properly and found your name,” Sharp wrote on Facebook.
“Thank you so much Cassidy and Grandad,” she continued. “You have just completely made my day, if not my year, you inspirational girl, and I’ll keep the note forever and look at it every time I feel I’m having a difficult day. And you’re right, we absolutely do [need to be kind to others].”
It seemed Sharp wasn’t the only one who McDermott’s words touched. Soon, almost 2,000 people had liked the post while many others had offered their words of encouragement for the little girl.
“That is so lovely,” one social media user wrote beneath the heartwarming post. “They both wanted to brighten up someone’s day. Which they did. Moments like that are to be cherished forever.”
And it turned out that Sharp wasn’t the only one to have experienced McDermott’s kindness. “Totally gobsmacked,” one commenter wrote. “I’ve just shared this post and then had Cassidy and Grandad run out to me in Whitley traffic and give me a note and egg. Amazing gesture. It has me choked up.”
Thanks to the attention that Sharp’s social media post received, she was able to track down McDermott’s parents. It turned out that the family lived nearby. However, it’s not known if she got to thank the little girl in person.
McDermott’s story just goes to show that sometimes the smallest acts of kindness can have the greatest impact. “[It] makes you think how we all walk around minding our own business, because that’s what we feel like we should do,” Sharp reflected.
She continued, “We could be sat next to someone on the metro or stood behind someone in a queue or pass someone in the street who is having a tough time, and a few simple words or a kind gesture could mean the world to them at that time. But we tend to only interact with people we know and, even then, we probably don’t tell them what they mean to us.” Perhaps, however, Cassidy’s gesture can be an inspiration to us all.