Employees at an ASDA store in a suburb of Liverpool, England found a note a 10-year-old boy had written on a box…and it prompted them to take action in a big way.
Debbie Phillips, who works as a nurse at Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital, told her son Leon that they couldn’t afford to buy a stuffed toy panda he wanted at the store.
His mom said that the “Lovable Huggable Panda,” as it was called, would have to wait until payday, when they could return and buy it.
Leon, worried that someone else might take the panda home instead, put the toy, which he named ‘Pandy,’ in a cardboard box and left it on the shelf. He included the following note on the outside of the box:
“My mum doesnt have anuff money, so she’s byeng me Pandy next week 15 June. So please don’t bye him it will make me cry – thank you so much from his hopeful future owner. Pandas name is Pandy.”
Employees at the store spotted the bear and the box and, upon reading Leon’s note, they raised the money themselves to buy little Leon his beloved Pandy.
The employees posted photos of the toy and the box on social media in hopes of finding Leon, and his mom saw the post on Facebook. She explained that she had no idea that Leon wrote the note on the box, telling The Sun: “Leon spotted this panda – he just seemed drawn to it and said ‘Mummy, can I please have this panda?’ I explained to him that I didn’t have enough money – it was just before payday.”
She continued: “So I told him we would come back next week after I’d been paid and get it as long as he was a good boy. He kept saying he didn’t want anyone to buy it so he found a cardboard box, got a pencil out of his pocket and wrote a note on the box. He then put the panda in the box and put it back on the shelf. I didn’t actually see what he’d written at that time.”
Debbie noted, “I didn’t think much more about it and I just thought someone would take it out of the box and put it back on sale. A few days later I was flicking through Facebook – I hadn’t realized until then what Leon had written – he’d really poured his heart and soul into his message.”
When Debbie and Leon returned to the store, the staff gave the boy his panda. The employee who gave Leon the toy told The Sun: “The moment I handed the panda over was brilliant. To see Leon’s face was just wonderful. It’s the best moment I’ve had working here.”
His mom explained, “As he was walking out he said to me ‘This is the best day of my life’. It meant the world to him – thank you so much Asda!”
This kind gesture, it turns out, came at an opportune time, as Debbie and her family were recovering from the death of a child. Debbie explained: “In January my son Oliver was born prematurely and passed away four days later so it’s been a really tough, difficult time for all of the family, especially the children who were so involved in the lead-up to the birth.”
She added, “It’s amazing how big a difference little gestures like this can make and Leon is so happy.”