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The Feast of Saint Matthew the Apostle

“Dear Internet: You Need Feel-Good Stories This Week? I’ve Got a Doozy…”

Deacon Greg Kandra - published on 06/17/16

Some of you may remember this story from some weeks back, about a mother cradling in her arms her infant daughter as she lay dying.

Now, a sequel of sorts, from the Facebook page of the mother in question, Laura Kelly Fanucci:

Dear Internet: You need feel-good stories this week? I’ve got a doozy. Yesterday I opened the mailbox and found a small package with Stitch Fix as the return address. Strange, I thought. I hadn’t ordered anything – and besides, their delights always show up in a big (expected) box on the doorstep. I opened it up to find a small box and a card. “Hi Laura,” it read. “We recently learned about the passing of your beautiful twin girls, Maggie and Abby. We want you to know that you and your family are in our thoughts during this difficult time, and wanted to send you something special as a way to show our support. The bracelet has the initials of all your sweet children, and we hope that you will feel the love from all of them whenever you wear it.” Inside the tiny box was a beautiful silver bracelet with tiny charms engraved with each of my kids’ initials. Take heed, dear Internet: I never ordered this gift.

Read on to find out how all this happened.

Given the present state of the world, I think this is news we need to hear, and embrace, and pass along.

As Laura herself notes at the conclusion, marveling at the exceptional generosity and thoughtfulness of a seemingly soulless company that turned out to have a soul:

Let’s BE these exceptional humans today: the ones that notice need, dig deeper, take time, and reach out. The ones who give more than anyone expects. The ones who do their work with love – and turn other people’s days upside down with joy.

Amen.

Photo: Stitch Fix

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