Heather McKelvey of Columbus, Ohio, had just finished checking out at the grocery store with her 4-year-old daughter Catherine when a unicorn balloon caught the little girl’s eye. While Heather was still debating whether or not she should go back through the line just to get the toy, a kindhearted woman bought it and handed it to Catherine!
They were complete strangers, but that didn’t matter one bit because it meant the world to the little girl who is currently battling cancer.
Her mom was so touched by the gesture that she took to Facebook to track down the compassionate person who brought her daughter so much joy. It didn’t take long before her plea was shared and then shared some more. Before she knew it, she was getting offers of gifts and donations to help Catherine through her battle!
As thankful as Heather was for everyone’s support, she really wanted to show her gratitude to the woman in the store. So when two other strangers, Emily Gramly and Kelley Swiney, got in touch and asked if they could help her organize all the donations and gifts, the three of them came up with a wonderful idea.
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They would pay the kindness forward by gifting all the items to families who are affected by childhood cancer.
Not only did the small group begin showering their struggling neighbors with love, but Kelley also helped Heather track down the sweet stranger who started their movement.
Soon, they found Debbie Culp, who works for Nationwide Children’s Hospital. When she was asked what inspired her to make Catherine smile that day at the store, she simply said, “I did what I think anyone else would do.”
Thanks to these wonderful strangers-turned-friends, more than 150 people have donated to help four families in their fight against childhood cancer!
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