Joanne Anderson, 42, was “overwhelmed” by a homeless woman who ended up giving her six-year-old daughter a “lesson in the meaning of life” after offering her last 4p to in a McDonald’s in Birkenhead
Image: Joanne Anderson)
A mum has praised a homeless woman for doing “the nicest thing a stranger has ever done” as she gave up her last 4p to her crying six-year-old daughter.
St John’s Hospice worker Joanne Anderson, 42, was taking her daughter Emily to a hospital appointment on September 9 when they stopped off for breakfast in a Birkenhead McDonald’s.
Explaining how her daughter can go from being very happy to “getting upset a lot” as she is on hormone treatment for hypothyroidism, she described how Emily had started crying while in the fast food restaurant.
Joanne told the E ECHO : “We went in and I sat her down on the table, and I said to her, ‘You stay there and I’ll go and order’.
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“So I went up to the till, and there was a girl in the queue in front of me.
“She didn’t have enough money at first for what she wanted to buy, so I gave her 50p. I had some change in my purse.
“She got to the counter, and as she was ordering, something must have happened and Emily came over and she was really upset.
“I think she was just upset that I was taking a long time. So she came over and she was crying.”
The young woman had 4p left after paying for her food. She went up to the crying girl.
Joanne told the ECHO : “She gave it to Emily and she said to her, ‘Aw don’t be upset, here’s some pennies for you to go and spend in the shop’, which was just, I don’t know how to put it.
“I was a bit overwhelmed by it, because it was obvious she didn’t have anything because I’d already given her some money.
“And then for her to give her last 4p to my daughter because she was upset, it was lovely.”
Joanne added: “That was probably one of the nicest things a stranger has ever done for my child. Because in that moment, she stopped crying and she was happy.”
She said the woman in her 20s taught her daughter a lesson in the meaning of humanity.
The hospice worker told the ECHO : “I said to Emily, ‘You know, she’s given you that 4p because you were upset, and if you ever see anybody that’s upset, you should always try and help them.
“Especially in school, if anyone’s upset in school, help them. You know, that type of thing.
“Always try and be nice to people, because I think there’s too much negativity. It’s a cruel world at the best of times.”
Joanne bought the young woman a coke she hadn’t been able to afford. And the three of them sat at tables in McDonald’s chatting about Emily’s school and the young woman’s dreams for half an hour.
When they were done, the young woman cleared the table and put the rubbish in the bin.
Joanne and Emily went off to the hospital.
More than two weeks later, they still remember that encounter.
Joanne told the ECHO : “We’ve still got the 4p. Emily won’t let me spend it. She still keeps this 4p.”