Stuffed animals are at the heart of every child. There’s something magical about these soft toys. As kids, we’ve all had daydreams of these toys coming to life and keeping us company. At least, kids with an overactive imagination tend to do this (me).
Sadly, Leon’s mother couldn’t buy him the toy that day. She told him he would have to wait for her paycheck to get through. Can you imagine having to ask your kid to wait — things can get stressful pretty quickly!
But not Leon. This kid realized that waiting was something he would have to do, it was something his mother had no control over. And yet, this kid was not ready to lose his stuffed animal to someone else.
Leon’s note went something like this: "My mum [doesn’t] have [enough] money, so she’s [buying] me Pandy [Friday] next week 15 June. So please don’t [buy] him, it will make me cry. Thank you so much from Hopeful [Future] Owner. Panda’s name – Pandy!"
Before anything else, these employees had to find the author of this message. They did so by posting a photo of the box with the message on Facebook. People started sharing the photo to help the employees find the young author.
For Leon, this was a great day. Talking about the whole experience afterward, he remarked: “This is the best day of my life.” Pretty sure that toy panda will bear much significance for Leon, even when he gets older.
For Leon’s mother, what the supermarket employees did was truly special. It may have been a simple stuffed animal that they gave her son but it was that which gave him great joy. Debbie had lost a prematurely-born baby earlier this same year and the gesture by these people was “even more meaningful.”
It may have been a small gesture but these employees have made a difference for one family. We often think that we have to go big to make people happy but this is not the case. A smile, a note showing we care or a meaningful object is all that is needed at times to make someone’s day.