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'26 Acts' Gesture Makes Family's Morning in Massachusetts

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.

Julie Purcell was walking back to her table at the Sunnyside 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 Purcell, a Marlborough resident.

The handwritten note (pictured with this article), left at Purcell's table 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.

JED December 23, 2012 at 03:15 AM
Well, that sure gets the tears cleansing my eyes! Thank you, kind stranger, for your caring. Merry Christmas to you and yours.
A Friend in NY December 23, 2012 at 03:35 AM
It is a national phenomenon. Started by Ann Curry. I am on act #16. You are not alone. We are here, there, everywhere.
Karen H December 23, 2012 at 03:50 AM
My 3 year old daughter was the recipient of an act of kindness on Wed. at the Danbury Mall. Three young girls presented her with a teddy bear they had made for her at Build A Bear. It was very meaningful to us especially since my son is a first grader at Sandy Hook and was friends with many of the children who are now angels in heaven.
Mountie December 23, 2012 at 02:20 PM
My daughter received a stuffed animal from a woman in the Big Y parking lot. We have been doing random gestures for others too. It feels good to see so much support for our community!
Sheila Joyce December 24, 2012 at 08:57 AM
I had a man that I was talking to pay for my soda and cat good while we stood behind him in line at the grocery store! So my son took1.50 and put it in the salvation army can out front. It was a beautiful thing
Christina Da Silva December 31, 2012 at 04:47 AM
A man came into my work place, Dairy Queen in Iowa, and paid for 28 blizzards, which came to $95!. He wanted to pay for the next 28 people that ordered a blizzard in memory of those who lost their lives. It touched all of us!
S December 31, 2012 at 02:03 PM
I have been working on my list...I dont know who feels better the recipient or ME!!!!

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