Grieving mum purchases a first birthday cake for a total stranger’s baby after suffering her own personal tragedy.

Nick DeClemente, who works at a Publix supermarket in Jacksonville, Florida, wrote about his recent experience with a grieving mum on Facebook.

“A lady just came up to the bakery counter and asked if we had any first birthday cakes on order for Saturday or Sunday,” Mr DeClemente wrote.

“She said she wanted to pay for one.”

Mr DeClemente asked for a name for the cake, but the woman wouldn’t give him one as she wanted to pay for someone else’s, shared Yahoo 7.

“She then started to tear up and tell me that she had a stillborn child a year ago and in tribute to him she wanted to pay for someone else’s cake,” he wrote.

He showed her an order form for a custom Sesame Street “smash cake” for a one-year-old named David, and a receipt shows the woman paid $46 for it.

“She told me thank you and appreciated that I let her do this. It was probably one of the most touching things I’ve seen in all my years working in retail,” Mr DeClemente wrote.

“I hope that this lady finds peace through this tribute and that the customer receiving this gift will, if nothing else, pay it forward.”

So very touching. Our love goes out to that grieving mum.

If you or someone you know are struggling with a recent infant loss please reach out to SANDS 1300 072 637 

Share your comments below

  • I don’t know how people survive losing a baby :(


  • What a lovely gesture. I hope the cakes recipient appreciates this act of kindness and the reason behind it


  • What an amazing thing to do. I hope if I ever suffer loss like that I remember to give like she did.


  • a beautiful gift for someone


  • Yes, small gestures like this cn actually help you a lot.


  • How bitter sweet this story is. I’m so sad for her loss but so touched she would try to help spread kindness.


  • Bless her, what a sweet and heartfelt thing to do whilst grieving for her loss.


  • That’s really sweet and I really feel for her


  • This gave me goose bumps. What an amazing and selfless thing to do. WOW.


  • A lovely thing to do – do help it helps both parties – one in grief and one in thanks.


  • That’s a beautiful tribute to her baby


  • I can see how this gesture can help this grieving mum.


  • This is so sad and beautiful at the same time :)


  • That is awesome. Such a simple yet thoughtful thing to do.


  • It takes a very brave lady to make such a kind gesture.
    I hope the lady who received the free birthday cake makes a donation to SANDS or a similar charity.


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