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Stranger's '26 Acts' Gesture Makes Family's Morning

An anonymous person bought breakfast for people Friday at the Sunnyside Cafe in Marlborough, in an act of kindness seemingly inspired by the Newtown tragedy.

OUTSIDE BOSTON, MA -- A local woman was walking back to her table at a cafe Friday morning when she saw the looks on her family's faces.

"When I sat down they were silent and showed me a note on a piece of paper. At first I thought it was a joke, but when I saw the note on another table, I knew it was real," said Julie Purcell, a Marlborough resident.

The handwritten note (pictured with this article), left at Purcell's table at Sunnyside Cafe around 9:15 a.m., indicated that their breakfast was paid for: it was one of several a kind stranger requested servers leave at patrons' tables.

The note read it was one of "26 acts," which is an apparent movement in honor of the victims of the shootings in Sandy Hook, CT.

"I called the waitress over to see who did this beautiful act of kindness, and she replied by saying, 'I can't tell you, I'm not allowed to. I was given a few of these notes and was to choose who received them. I decided to choose you,'" Purcell said.

"Water filled my eyes with all the emotional tragedies that have occurred in the past week," Purcell said. "It is so heartwarming to know that there are good-hearted, kind people out there."

We at Patch are touched by the stranger's random act of kindness, and know there are many other stories like it out there. Have you been the recipient of kindness from a stranger? Does the holiday season prompt you to do more things for others? Tell us in the comments.

Its Allgood December 27, 2012 at 04:43 PM
I am turning 50 in Feb and one of my goals is to do two if not more random acts of kindness each month!! I love love love helping others
PghStlrFan December 27, 2012 at 04:57 PM
You are an amazing person. I like how you search out those in need.
PghStlrFan December 27, 2012 at 05:06 PM
I was at the drive through at Jack-in-the-Box last year and when I drove up to pay I was told that my meal was paid for by the driver in front of me. I was very puzzled as I'm not poor and drive a decent car. Why me? But then I realized the message was about passing on acts of kindness, not just about the needed. Pay it forward. Now I do the same. Sometime I look for someone that may not have much, other times I pick the nicer cars to send along the message. It's such a great feeling.
Starla December 27, 2012 at 05:33 PM
My husband and I did this last year Christmas. We were on a road trip to visit his parents and we stopped at some local diner for breakfast, (we drove through the night). I spotted four service men seated nearby and apparently they didn't have enough money. Just barely enough for coffee and maybe some toast. I mentioned this to my husband and he called over our waitress. He instructed her to order up a soldier sized breakfast for each of them and to put the cost on his check. Most importantly, instructed the waitress not to let on who did this. With a healthy tip, she went on about her mission. We had a great time watching them enjoying their surprise meal. It was one of the best Christmas presents hubby ever gave me.
Phyllis Cusumano December 27, 2012 at 10:51 PM
I look forward to my chance to do a good deed this holiday season and throughout this coming new year that God is giving to me. I am truly blessed and want to forward my blessings to others. I don't have much but will give always.

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