A secret Santa story with extra feels.
Earlier this week, a Canberra mother was having hot chocolate with her child when a stranger placed an envelope on their table.
It contained a card, a $5 note and a message for the little girl.
“For a well-behaved little girl,” it read. “We hope you have a Merry Christmas. Santa is always watching, he sends people to let you now that you are on the ‘nice’ list.”
The money, it said, was a reward for being good.
What Santa’s Little Helper didn’t know was that the impeccably mannered child was actually with her foster mother, after recently being separated from her birth family.
“I could not hold back the tears when I opened the card you left and read your thoughtful words,” the girl’s mother wrote in a Facebook post.
“You acknowledged the beautiful behaviour of my child, who sat quietly eating chocolate strawberries and chatting to me and my friend.
“What you couldn’t have possibly known, is that the child you took the time to acknowledge has recently been separately from their birth family.”
The post, which appeared on the Canberra Mums Facebook page, has been liked more than 4,800 times so far and shared almost 500 times.