I found some uplifting news while I was browsing the web. On the Fox 8 News website, there is a story of a troubled mom who found help from a generous stranger. This article has gone viral and circulated across multiple outlets, including the Metro and TVNZ.
A mother had been spending several days in the hospital with her sick son. When he was discharged, she found a parking ticket on her car. I know something like this must have been a burden for the mother, but thankfully, help came from an unlikely source. It was then that she noticed an envelope with a letter addressed from someone named Lauren. Apparently, Lauren had paid the full price of her ticket while she was away.
The note read, “I saw your car had a parking ticket on it. I’m sure whatever you are going through at the hospital is tough enough so I paid for you. Hope things get better.”
The relived mother snapped a photo of the letter and went to Facebook to express her gratitude. She made a post on Canberra Mums, a Facebook group for mothers in Canberra, Australia.
She wrote, “I hope that Laura sees this and knows how much I appreciate her support. Thank you so much.”
My initial reading of this story was filled with surprise and joy. I would never guess that a stranger would come to a mother’s aid, but it warms my heart to know people like Lauren exist. This story is a shining example of the “parking lot heroes” that you hear about in the news. These kind souls go out of the way to help strangers in need. Laura is a role model for how we should not hesitate to lend a helping hand for a stranger in need.