Sammy Nickalls
December 02, 2015 7:27 am

We’ve certainly seen our fair share of viral cakes, but the latest one is pulling on our heartstrings.

When Lisa Sarber Aldrich went to a Michigan Meijer to purchase a cake, she was just hoping to get your typical birthday cake with “Happy Birthday Mandy” written on top. So she approached an employee and asked her to decorate a cake for her. “She said she would, and after a long time, she came and presented me with this cake,” Lisa wrote in a Facebook post. “I looked her In the eye and said thank you before I even looked at the cake.”

Then she looked down. . . and it wasn’t exactly what she was expecting:

But it didn’t matter to Lisa. “I thought people would think it was funny,” she wrote.

But the cashiers didn’t think it was funny. They took pictures of the cake, calling other cashiers to look at it, discussing what to do about the cake. “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,'” Lisa wrote in the post.

Lisa also commented with an update about the situation: “The wonderful lady who helped me with the cake did NOT get in trouble — they told her to do whatever she needed to do to serve the customer’s needs, and she did just that,” she wrote.

Since Lisa posted the picture on Sunday, it’s been shared over 90,000 times, with many commenters expressing their support.

“So I guess the moral of the story is that kindness is important,” Lisa wrote in her post. And that’s the truth.

More than 3.5 million Americans have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, according to the Autism Society. It’s a broad diagnosis and one that can be isolating because of a lack of understanding by outsiders.

Sometimes, a simple act of encouragement makes all the difference—not just for one amazing employee who went the extra mile for a customer—but for so many others who deserve recognition and validation both in the workplace, and by the world at large.

(Image via Facebook.)