Unknown person leaves package on family's doorstep
THERE is nothing unusual about the young Gradon family - a happily married couple with a beautiful four-month-old baby girl who enjoy living their life by the sea.
But someone, somewhere in Bundaberg, thought differently when they "tagged" the Bargara family in a random act of kindness.
Mum Emily Gradon returned home after a morning out with daughter, Anelise, on Friday to find a plastic bag filled with produce at her doorstep and a little card letting them know they were the recipients of a random act of kindness.
"It was filled with different types of lettuces, celery, basil coriander - all fresh from the garden," she said.
"I was so touched by it, it made my day and made me think, 'wow, someone has thought of me'."
Mrs Gradon said she couldn't help but think, "why me?"
"I'd lived in Sydney for six years and people don't do things like that - you barely know the names of your next door neighbours," she said.
"If it happened to me in Sydney I probably wouldn't have eaten it.
"But we live in a beautiful community so we accepted it with gratitude."
Mrs Gradon said it wasn't long after the Bundaberg floods that she began hearing about random acts of kindness; not the organisation, but strangers doing something touching for another stranger.
"In Aldi, a woman was telling the checkout person that she had lost everything in the floods," she said.
"And the man standing behind her came forward and paid for all her groceries."
Now that the Gradon family has been tagged, Mrs Gradon said it was now her turn to repay the kindness.
"What goes around comes around, in a good way," she said. "It snowballs from there - the world becomes a better place."