You Won’t Believe What This Mom Found In A Box Of Diapers

Sometimes, when I buy one of those giant jumbo boxes of diapers, I am just hoping that I nabbed the “bonus” box that has the coupon hidden away inside.

$1.50 off 500 diapers? Day = made. 

But one mom found a little something more exciting in her weekly staple diaper shop than a mere coupon. 

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Elisha Pettus is a mother of three from Magnolia, Texas, who was doing what many a mother has done — changing her baby's diaper — when she opened a fresh box that her husband had brought home from the store for her. (I'm well familiar with the hurried-text-to-the-husband-plea-that-we-need-more-diapers-stat move.)

As ABC13 reports, Pettus reached into the box, only to find not just a receptacle for catching her baby's poop, but also a handwritten note and a wad of cold, hard cash. 

Along with a twenty-dollar bill stuffed into the box of diapers, someone had penned a handwritten note that read:

“We know babies are expensive. God knows when you are in need and always provides a way. Thank you Lord for this recipient. Bless them, Lord, amen.”

Pettus initially thought the note was a receipt, but was pleasantly surprised when she discovered that a stranger had taken the time to pass on a little kindness to a struggling mother. 

With her youngest still in diapers at only nine months old, Pettus knows the truth about babies: they go through a lot of diapers. Diapers aren't cheap, and the small gesture meant a lot to her. 

“It's not necessary, people don't have to do that,” she said in an interview with ABC13. “Someone who wants to do this out of the goodness of their heart, not just putting money in there, but having a written note to go along with it to say they do understand and some people just need to hear that.”

I have to say that I found the gesture heart warming, because obviously someone gets the importance in recognizing that, for a mother, sometimes it's the smallest gestures that make a difference. Our lives as moms aren't spent doing a lot of huge, glamorous things, but instead, they're made up of small acts that show our love — like changing a baby's diaper. And a simple $20 bill can make a difference. 

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But, on the other hand, I have to admit, I was also a little perplexed by this story, because how on earth did she get that note and money in the diaper box? Did she rip it open? Tape it back up? If she tampered with a box of diapers, what else would she be willing to do? These are the questions that haunt me in a tale of a stranger's kindness. 

So the next time I feel the urge to pass on a little touch of kindness and some cash to a financially strapped mother, I may just stick to giving it to her directly so there's absolutely no risk of appearing a tad creepy. 

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You Won’t Believe What This Mom Found In A Box Of Diapers

Chaunie Brusie is a writer, mom of four, and founder of The Stay Strong Mom, a community + gift box service for moms after loss. ... More

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15 comments

  1. dvmsara says:

    What kind of world do we live in for someone to ask if this is creepy?! The thought would have never even CROSSED MY MIND that this may be creepy. I think it’s lovely, and gives me a great idea for a random act of kindness to do myself sometime. I doubt they did anything extreme to get it in there, either–most larger boxes of diapers have holes on the sides to act as handles–they probably just slipped it in there.

  2. stacey says:

    some people just dont see blessing when they come ther wayungrateful some are thank god for those who aren’t not creepy just a great idea.

  3. jeannette5 says:

    Just wondering, perhaps it was given to someone as a gift and the person may have needed another size or simply decided to return it to the store for credit, or whatever else, clearly without opening it to find an additional gift. It was very thoughtful and hopefully sends a message to “pay it forward”. I agree with Olga!

  4. Olga says:

    I find it very disheartening how people seem to find just about anything creepy nowadays…why can’t it just be a good gesture?

  5. Kristen says:

    The Bible says that when u give to someone in need not to let your left hand know what ur right hand is doing. This person wanted no earthly reward for his good dead and found a clever way to do this in secret. I seriously doubt they just ripped the box open….plus I am sure the woman receiving this blessing wasn’t think “how creapy!!!”. …my dad taught me alot as a child. I remember overhearing my dad tell my mom once around Christmas that he had slipped a note with a $100 bill in the purse of a struggling single mom we knew. I asked my dad later why he didn’t just give it to her in our Christmas card or in a gift so she knew it was our family that helped her, and he said it wasnt that kind of gift..It was a gift of charity and He didn’t want anyone to know his good deed because he didn’t want any glory for it….. That has always stuck with me and inspired me

  6. Kaula says:

    That’s awesome! Glad to know there are still amazing people in this world that think of others and not just themselves.

  7. tracie says:

    you never know when a blessing will come

  8. Carmen says:

    Has it not occured to anyone that she might work at the actual factory where the diapers are made?
    I think this far from creepy i think its a good intention to help someone.

  9. Stephanie says:

    A lot of diaper boxes have those handle openings on the side, they could have ruled up the note with the bill and slipped it right in without opening the box

  10. Melina says:

    That was awesome and very kind. 🙂

  11. Angie says:

    I think it’s totally creepy, but they shrink wrap the diapers inside the box, so it’s not too bad.

  12. MommyOf4 says:

    The boxes of diapers have handle holes cut out in the ends, someone could easily slip a $20 inside…fingers crossed, we just bought a box of diapers at the store. 😉

  13. Hope says:

    Boxes have holes for handles. Not creepy at all. Sweet gesture. I think I may bless a mom too!

  14. Wiley says:

    I don’t find it creepy either. The person’s intent was obviously good. I personally prefer to remain anonymous whenever I do something similar.

  15. Jess says:

    As a mother of 4 I think that this was an awesome act of kindness by some one. I don’t find it creepy because most diaper boxes have handles in them that you could easily slip money in between the two sealed bags of diapers inside.

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