A kind stranger gave $200 to a mum and her two daughters while they were shopping as a surprise Christmas present.
Tneil Tonkin was at Morayfield Shopping Centre, north of Brisbane‘s CBD, with daughters Mia, 9, and Scarlett, 6, when a woman approached them on Wednesday.
‘A lady walked past us then stopped and came back to hand me a Christmas card. She said “Merry Christmas, don’t throw it away” and kept walking,’ she explained.
‘My daughters and I opened the card, there was a beautiful message and $200.’
Tneil Tonkin was shopping with her two daughters in Morayfield, north of Brisbane’s CBD, on Wednesday when a kind stranger gave them a Christmas card (pictured) with $200 inside
Ms Tonkin (pictured far left) said she became ‘teary’ reading the letter with daughters Mia (left), 9, and Scarlett, 6, (right) and shared the gesture to social media on Wednesday
Ms Tonkin shared a picture of the generous card and four $50 notes to social media.
‘Hope this little gift helps to brighten your Christmas,’ the card read.
The mum said she was ‘really surprised’ by the kind gesture.
‘We read the card and I got a little teary. The girls just kept saying “how nice is that lady?”,’ Ms Tonkin told Daily Mail Australia.
‘It was really nice to see it happened in front of my two daughters, that is what made it special to me.
‘They got to see generosity and kindness from a complete stranger and from a person that didn’t want any recognition. It was just beautiful.’
Ms Tonkin encouraged her daughters to continue the act of generosity on Christmas Eve.
‘I took the girls to Caboolture shopping centre the next day, where they both gave $50 each in a Christmas card to a stranger they picked,’ she said.
The mum then encouraged her daughters (pictured together above) to give $50 to a stranger ‘so they could experience what it’s like to give without wanting anything in return’
‘So they got to experience what it’s like to give without wanting anything in return.
‘They said it made them feel good inside to make someone’s day.’
Ms Tonkin said it had ‘been amazing to see all the lovely comments’ on her post but she hoped the ‘amazing and beautiful’ stranger had seen her message.
Commenters were quick to praise the woman for the ‘absolutely beautiful’ gesture.
‘There are some really lovely people around,’ one user wrote.
‘Brought tears to my eyes reading this,’ said another.
‘There are still beautiful people out there. Hope it makes your Christmas extra rewarding.’
Commenters praised the ‘absolutely beautiful gesture’ and one woman said reading the post (pictured above) ‘brought tears to my eyes’