The mother had been in a Canberra hospital with her nine-week-old son for several days. When she left the hospital, she discovered a parking ticket attached to her car’s windscreen.
However, next to the parking ticket was a pink post-it note with a message from a mysterious stranger called Laura.
“Hi there, I saw your car had a parking ticket on it,” the note read.
“I’m sure whatever you are going through at hospital is tough enough so I have paid for you. Hope things get better!”
The note included the BPay receipt number along with the date and time the ticket was paid.
Touched by the stranger’s generosity, the mother took to social media to express her gratitude. She shared an image of the pink post-it note with the Canberra Mums Facebook page and thanked the unknown hero for her selfless deed.
“We were discharged today and as I walked to my car I noticed that I had a parking ticket. After those days in hospital, a parking ticket was one more thing that I didn’t need,” she wrote.
“To my surprise, when I opened the envelope there was a note from a lovely lady named Laura.
“I hope that Laura sees this and knows how much I appreciate her support.”
The viral image has been shared more than 8,000 times and attracted more than 70,000 ‘likes’. It has also caught the attention of international media, with the story featuring in New Zealand, British and Irish newspapers.
Laura’s generous act did not only bring a smile to the young mother’s face. Other Facebook users praised Laura for making their day and restoring their faith in humanity.
“Still so many wonderful people in the world. What a beautiful lady,” one user wrote.
“God’s angels are out there helping those who need a bit of kindness in their lives,” another user commented.