Bianca Garibay was reminded of her mother when she saw the woman struggling to buy a slice of cake for her son. Inspired by her kindness, Garibay did what she could for the stranger.
Not everyone is privileged enough to afford items they really want, even if it's a slice of birthday cake. Thankfully, there are some empathetic individuals out there who are ready to help people in desperate need and Bianca Garibay happens to be one such kind and generous soul. Taking to a story sharing platform, Love What Matters, Garibay recalled an incident where she saw a mother struggling to purchase a slice of birthday cake for her son. "I was at H-E-B, a supermarket here in Texas. I felt really bad for this young mom. She had a baby and a little boy with her, and she was buying a SLICE of a birthday cake with a pack of candles. The total came up as $5.57. She started looking around and pulled out 2 dollars, and then started counting out change," she wrote.
Unable to break the bad news to her child the helpless mother then said that she needed to make sure she had $2 or so for gas. "Her little boy replied, ‘It’s okay, mom. I don’t need a birthday cake. We just need gas so I can get to school.’ I could tell the mom felt completely defeated. She put back the candles. Everyone in line clearly heard and saw what was going on, but no one said anything," continued Garibay who was immediately reminded of her own mother. Growing up, she saw her mother struggling to provide for her and her brother, however, she never let them realize it. "She is my inspiration for kindness," Garibay noted.
Unable to witness the heartbreaking situation any longer, Garibay, who also is a mother, immediately bought those candles along with a gift card from Target and another for gas and rushed outside. "I walked outside and told her, 'Ma’am, you dropped something.' She says, 'No, that’s not mine. I wish it was, but it’s not.' I told her, 'Yes, it’s yours. It’s yours because I got it for you. I want you to take this Target gift card and get your son a birthday present. I want you to take this gift card and put gas in your car. Fill the whole tank. I want you to take these candles. And when your son is about to blow them out, I want you to make a wish, too,'" she wrote.
Recalling the mother's priceless reaction, Garibay expressed how she had never seen anyone be so grateful ever in her life. Explaining the problem that has plagued the society currently she stated, "That’s what’s wrong with the world today. Everyone has the ‘not my problem, not my business’ mindset. Slowly, along the way, we have forgotten it takes a village to raise a child." Garibay also gave the woman her number and urged her to reach out if she ever needed anything else. Later that day, she received a text message for her that was pure joy.
"Kindness to me is simply about putting others before yourself. Kindness is making the smallest gestures to make the biggest impact on someone’s life. Kindness is saying, ‘I’m here for you, even if you feel alone.’ Kindness is simply smiling at someone and letting them know you see them, even in this hectic world. It’s simply acknowledging your neighbor and letting them know you’re there," she concluded.