Milan Larson of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania never got a chance to meet her father, but she misses him every single day.
Travis Larson died in a shooting in 2017, just a week after he and his family celebrated his partner’s pregnancy with a family party. His death was so sudden and shocking that his mother, Tami Avolia, admits she lost faith in humanity after her son’s untimely death.
“He didn’t just take my son. He took my best friend. He took his daughter’s daddy away. She never got to meet him,” Tami said. “A week before, we were celebrating the gender reveal party. He was so excited he was having a little girl.”
Four years after Travis passed away, Tami and Milan decided to honor his birthday by releasing a bundle of balloons in hopes their message of enduring love would reach him in heaven.
“She wrote a note to him, and I translated it and it says, “Happy birthday, daddy. I love you. I miss you. And I never wanted you to go away. Happy Birthday. Baby girl,” the grandmother said.
A few days later, they received an incredible reply.
Inside her mailbox, Tami found a box addressed to “Baby Girl.” The return address said it was from “Daddy in heaven.”
Tami burst into tears when she realized that whomever had found their balloons had gone out of their way to give the 4-year-old child a reply from her dad. The box contained a letter for Milan, along with three handmade Christmas tree ornaments.
“I love your birthday present,” the note read. “Thank you so much. Daddy loves you and Mommy so much and you all. Here’s a present that I made just for you. Hope you like them.”
“They are Christmas tree ornaments, and I am sending you a kiss from heaven,” the letter continued. “Snowflakes are kisses from heaven. I love you so much. Daddy.”
Tami said that the smile that lit up Milan’s face when she saw the gift from her daddy in heaven was “priceless.” Not only did the package cheer up the child; it also made Tami feel a little bit better about people and their intentions.
“After what I went through, I lost faith in people,” she said. “They brought it back. I just want to thank you, whoever it is. I want to thank you.”
Isn’t that the sweetest act of kindness you’ve heard in ages? Whomever found those balloons really went out of their way to make sure Travis’ love was conveyed to his little girl.
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