Extraordinary People

Woman buys coffee for stranger before finding heart-breaking thank you in mailbox

Never underestimate how small acts of kindness can go a long way.

When it comes to looking out for other people, it can often feel overwhelming if we don’t have the finances, the knowledge or the time to help.

But never underestimate how small acts of kindness can go a long way.

And one woman is living proof that it’s the little things that count, after randomly buying a stranger a coffee at Starbucks.

The Ohio native, named Mackenzie Mauller, took to Twitter to reveal the impact of what she believed had been a tiny gesture to help out the lady behind her in the queue.

Mackenzie tweeted: “I bought coffee for the lady behind me at Starbucks, later in the day I found this is my mailbox.

“Small acts can make a big difference folks, spread some kindness.”


She also included the letter which the stranger, a lady named Nicole had written her, going on to amass 20,000 shares and 80,000 likes.

The letter read: “Thank you for the coffee! I rarely go to Starbucks and treat myself, but the last couple of months have been a bit of a struggle.

“My father just passed away and he was also my babysitter. My family and my children have had a really hard time.

“This morning my babysitter called off sick and I had to take the day off work. I decided to buy my kids breakfast and get myself a coffee with total guilt because I am going to be a stay-at-home-mom for a while.”

The note continued: “Since I was not planning to go this route in my life, I was not emotionally and financially prepared to quit working.

“I cried when I found out you were so sweet to buy coffee and thrilled to see you pull in a couple of houses down from where I live.

“I felt it necessary for you to know that what you did for me was more than just a coffee.

“It was something that has turned my whole day around, put tears in my eyes, and a smile on my face and I feel so grateful. Thank you.”

So, even if volunteering or donating to a cause feels like a burden, remember that a small £2 gesture could make a big difference.

[Credit: Omar Lopez]

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