After reading this, you’ll never look at shopping for your tot the same.

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What happens is so shocking, that she goes online in a frantic attempt to find out who is behind it.

The Crushing Cost of Parenthood

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Raising a child is pricey business, and the cost is only rising.

As per CBS, “The cost of raising a child from birth to age 17 will set you back by about $310,000.” It’s pushed more and more families into homelessness.

One of the biggest infant expenses is diapers — and lots of them. So when Brisbane native Michelle Patricia Bennett is strolling down the aisle at Woolworth’s to buy some for her baby one day, she’s price-watching. After all, she doesn’t want any surprises.

Fast forward a couple of days later. Bennett recalls that she was “having a day at home just trying to catch up on the mountains of housework,” when a surprise is exactly what she gets.

A Stunning Surprise From Aisle 5

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That’s because, as she opens up the box of diapers, she discovers something else inside. It’s a five-dollar bill — with a note.

What it reads gives her the motivation to share her experience online and it quickly goes viral.

Bennett’s post is titled ‘My Wealthy Wednesday.’ “To the kind person that has done this, thank you!!! It is such a wonderful gesture and certainly brought a smile to my face,” she writes.

She includes a picture of the note which reads:

If you having a tough day, I thought maybe I can brighten it up with this little surprise. Go buy a coffee or a scratch ticket. Practice some self-care today. Always remember you are much loved and you are amazing 🙂

Bennett continues, “I’ll definitely get a coffee or a scratchy soon.”

The story had the internet gushing with awestruck comments.

“Oh, that’s so sweet,” posted one woman. “So nice of someone to do such a thing. Lovely little surprise — a little bit of kindness goes a long way.”

“This is absolutely beautiful,” added another.

How a Mother Reminds Us That the Small Things Matter

It doesn’t take an economist to know that it’s not just parents who are feeling the financial crunch. Per Business Insider, “bankruptcies, foreclosures, and other money problems like car repossessions and loan defaults” have consumer stress levels the highest in four years.

While the struggle is real, it’s no match for kindness.

Among the quotes on kindness, one by Abraham Lincoln reads, ” Kindness is the only service that will stand the storm of life and not wash out.”

It might be a little legal leniency for a single mother, making a waitress’s wish come true or repaying a treasured teacher. No matter the situation, through all of life’s waves and ripples, kindness endures.

Let’s all keep that close to heart the next time we’re in a bind.