Mother Pens Viral Thank-You Note To Teen Who Bought Her Coffee

"It was something that has turned my whole day around ..."

When 19-year-old Mackenzie Mauller bought coffee for the woman behind her at the Starbucks drive-thru last week, she simply thought she was paying it forward. However, later that day, the aspiring pilot learned that her random act of kindness was exactly what Nicole Clawson, a struggling mother, needed that day.

"Yesterday I bought coffee for the lady behind me at Starbucks … later in the day I found this [in] my mailbox," Mauller wrote on Twitter. "Small acts can make a big difference folks, spread some kindness."

Clawson, who saw Mauller pull into a driveway down the street from her home, decided to thank the teen for the gesture by leaving a thank-you note in her mailbox. In this note, the 32-year-old mother detailed how rough things have been for her family lately and how Mauller's kindness turned her day around.

"Thank you for the coffee! I rarely go to Starbucks and treat myself, but the last couple of months have been a bit of a struggle," Clawson wrote in the now-viral note Mauller shared. "My father just passed away and he was also my babysitter. My family and my children have had a really hard time. This morning my babysitter called off sick and I had to take the day off work. I decided to buy my kids breakfast and get myself coffee with total guilt because I am going to become a stay-at-home mom for awhile."

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"Since I was not planning on going this route in my life, I was not emotionally and financially prepared to quit working. I cried when I found out you were so sweet to buy my coffee and thrilled to see you in a couple houses down from where I live," she continued. "I felt it necessary to know that what you did for me was more than just a coffee. It was something that turned my whole day around, put tears in my eyes and a smile on my face and I feel so grateful."

Mauller's post, which was ultimately retweeted by Starbucks, has since been "liked" more than 80,000 times. Clawson also commented on Mauller's tweet to emphasize how generous the teen's been since the initial act. According to Clawson, Mauller even offered to babysit as the mother attempts to find balance within her new reality.

Clawson also noted that her children, ages 6 and 3, have been inspired by Mauller's example and will be paying it forward themselves in the near future.

"This has been such a great learning opportunity for them, on how to treat others, no matter what," Clawson wrote. "They are excited to pay it forward, and treat others with kindness and selflessness."

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