Australian mom of 3 Jacinta Jane was looking forward to giving birth to her fourth child, a boy, when she got devastating news near the end of her pregnancy. Her baby boy, whom she’d named Sammy, had died in her womb.
Photo: Jacinta Jane on Facebook
Grief-stricken, Jacinta felt haunted by all the clothes she’d purchased that she would now not be able to use. In a Facebook post, she describes how she didn’t want the clothes there when she returned home from the hospital after delivering her stillborn baby boy. So, on the way to the hospital, she stopped at the store where she had purchased them and attempted to make the return. But when she tried to return the items, the clerk told her she couldn’t because she didn’t have the bank card that was used to make the purchase.
That’s when Jacinta LOST IT, and when faced with her breakdown, the clerk did something AMAZING. Here’s Jacinta’s entire post to explain the whole story:
UPDATE: I found out her name is Jo <3 <3
This is an open letter to Jo, the beautiful lady who served me at Best and Less this morning.
You didn’t know me. But I came in to best and less this morning, to return some special suits I brought for my baby I was carrying.
I was told I couldn’t return them because I didn’t have the bank card with me that I used to purchase. And I broke down and explained I didn’t have it, and I was on my way to hospital to be induced to have my baby who had passed away, and I wanted them returned now because I don’t want to see them or deal with them when I get home. And in the split second that I said that, I seen the sencerity in your face. You got your manager to over ride that policy to give me my refund.
You then asked me if I had a blanket to wrap him in. I didn’t. It was one of the things I had to buy that morning.
You came and gave me a big hug and let me cry on your shoulder. You then took me to the blanket section and helped me pick out a blanket. Blue mink with white clouds on it.
It was perfect.
At the check out, I tried to pay for it. But you turned my money away and covered it out of your own pocket. I cried some more. And told you, you are such an angel. I was lost for words. I didn’t know how to thank you!!
I cried all the way to the hospital. I sat out the front of the hospital for 15mins, just crying and clutching my baby’s blanket.
I don’t know you, and sadly I don’t even know your name. But I want you to know how thankful I am to have met you and thankful for what you did for me and my little Sammy.
I just want you to know, it brought so much comfort cuddling his blanket through the contractions, and then wrapping him in it when he was born.
And I’ll never EVER forget what you did for me and my baby.
You truly are an angel and I thank you from the bottom of my heart!! xxxx
How amazing that a story like this would begin to go viral during pregnancy and infant loss awareness month! The kindness that Jo showed Jacinta is an amazing example of how a small act of kindness can go a LONG way, and that you don’t have to intimately know someone to help soothe their deepest pain.
Jacinta and Jo’s story is also a wonderful example of how EVERY life makes its mark—little Sammy’s life inspired Jo to do an act of kindness for a stranger, and now thousands of people are reading about it, and learning Sammy’s story. I pray others are inspired to show kindness to strangers as well, and that the ripple effect of Jo’s act and Sammy’s life will go on for years.