Stranger snaps photo of family eating ice cream together – days later receives text that changes everything

We just never know how important any given action on any given day can be to someone else.

Since we spend so much of our lives taking care of ourselves, the bulk of our focus is directed inwards, and often we can lose sight of just how much we can affect others, the influence we can have.

That’s why it’s so important – if anyone needed reminding at this stage – for us all to do our utmost to be kind, always. Compassion and good will toward others are traits that never go out of fashion. Quite the opposite, in fact, they’ll forever have a crucial role to play in society.

Joyce Rhinehart was out to get ice cream with her grandson one day, back in 2017, when she spotted a family sitting on a bench nearby. They too were enjoying ice cream, and Joyce claimed she felt a sudden compulsion to take their photo…

As Joyce explained in a later Facebook post: “On June 8th I was at Rita’s Italian Ice with my grandson Blake treating him after his tennis lesson. As we were about to leave, there was this sweet family all sitting together on one of the benches enjoying a custard cone. Something urged me to ask them if I could take their picture…”

Joyce ended up doing just that, before the two families went their separate ways. It was a pleasant, heartwarming exchange like any other, and that would have been that.

Sadly, though, fate had other ideas.

Joyce’s post continued: “I took this picture below and then handed my phone to the young daughter and told her to go ahead and text the picture to their cell phone.

Left to take Blake home and explained to him how I have done this before when I see cute family moments of total strangers so they can have the memory.

Usually, I do this on vacation.

Days later, however, Joyce was sitting on her patio when she got a text message from an unknown number.

“This was the message::::::” Joyce explained.

“Dear madam, you took our picture in front of Rita’s on June 8th. My wife has passed away yesterday and this is the last picture we have together as a family. Please accept my deepest gratitude for your kindness, it means the world to me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

Credit / Shutterstock – hangingpixels

Joyce further clarified that she had sent a number of messages back and forth with the man and found out that his wife had been ill for the past year.

My heart is heavy for this sweet family I don’t even know and the tremendous gift that was left to them cause I listened to my gut that day. I’m in awe!!” Joyce said.

I don’t know about you, but this little gesture of compassion was enough to move me. It really is proof that we should never underestimate the profound difference a random act of kindness can make!

If you found this article interesting, be sure to check out the one below for more:


Thank you for subscribing!

Something went wrong. Please try again later.

Sign up for our newsletter