A grandma who was forced to buy her own birthday cake with the tiny amount of money she had left was showered in presents, money, and goodwill by her community.
Barbara Vos was spotted celebrating her 70th birthday alone at a mall in Australia and told an acquaintance she was “feeling depressed” about her upcoming birthday, so her granddaughter decided to intervene. Stacey McLachlan, 21, posted on the Camden-Narellan neighborhood community notice board asking for a “massive favor” from the locals, desperately keen to brighten her grandma’s day.
“It’s my nan’s 70th birthday today, and unfortunately, I cannot be with her. My Nan is such a beautiful person, and I love her immensely,” she wrote, according to The Daily Telegraph. “She lives with her son, who is not well at all and doesn’t leave the house. My grandad is in a nursing home with alcohol-related dementia, so she gets very lonely, as you can imagine."
“She lives in a little unit in Minto, and people might often see her grocery shopping at Minto Mall with the little money she has. I would be soooo happy if you could wish her a happy 70th birthday on this page, so that I can show her all the love and birthday wishes!" she continued.
“It breaks my heart when I was told by someone I know who had bumped into her at the shops yesterday that she was saying she was feeling depressed and buying herself a birthday cake. If you could send a lonely lady some love, I will be forever grateful.”
All Stacey hoped for were some comments to show her grandma that people cared, but instead, Barbara was inundated with flowers, gifts, and money.
“I was not expecting that from the community,” Stacey told The Daily Telegraph. “So many people inboxed me," she said, and a local furniture business gave her a $200 gift voucher. “I popped over late last night — she was so overwhelmed,” Stacey shared.
Stacey then took to social media to thank those that had gone out of their way to make sure her grandma had a good birthday: “She is absolutely speechless and will never forget it. I gave her a call earlier to see how her day was going, and she said, ‘I just got a few visits from some really nice people on Instagram or something. I don't even have Instagram.'”
So sweet! This story just made our day.
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