This Meijer Birthday Cake is Going Viral and the Reason Why Will Make Your Heart Grow Two Sizes!

A picture of a cake decorated at the Michigan Meijer store is going viral on social media, because there’s WAY more to the story than just an ugly birthday cake, and it’s awesome!

This past weekend, mom Lisa Aldrich posted a photo of a cake she purchased at Meijer. She explains on Facebook that she asked a “bakery-looking employee” to write “Happy Birthday Mandy” on the cake. When the employeem, handed her the cake back, she was more than a little surprised.


mandy cake

“I nervously laughed and headed to check out— it didn’t really matter to me that it looked so bad—I thought people would think it was funny. The cashiers at the self check out didn’t think it was so funny.”

While Lisa was paying for the cake, employees told her they would get her a new cake, but Aldrich insisted she was fine with what she had. Then, the cashiers made a realization that changed everything.

“To my surprise, after they discussed it, one cashier put her arm on my shoulder and said “the girl who wrote that has Autism. Thank you for smiling and thanking her- even though she’s not supposed to write on cakes, you probably made her day.”

Aldrich’s takeaway? “So I guess the moral of the story is that kindness is important.”

I’ll say!! Well done, Ms. Aldrich! Your post is going viral for an amazing reason and autism familes around the country are so touched! Michigan’s Lt. Governor even tweeted the photo—and that’s a pretty darn awesome way to bring awareness about kindness and loving on our special needs community.

Check out Aldrich’s viral Facebook post below—and share this story to keep spreading the good news!

Picked out a cake at Meijer. Asked bakery-looking-employee if she could write on it for me. She said she would, and…

Posted by Lisa Sarber Aldrich on Sunday, November 29, 2015

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