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Mel Davenport and family find mystery gift in trolley at Asda, Mill Way, Sittingbourne

13 August 2014
by Hayley Robinson

Everyone likes to receive a gift but no one expects to receive one from a stranger at a supermarket.

Mel Davenport had just finished her shopping when her husband David discovered a gift wrapped item, complete with a green foil bow, left in a trolley.

The tag said: “To whoever finds this gift, it is yours.”

It was discovered at Asda, Mill Way, Sittingbourne, at about 7.30pm last Wednesday.

The mum of three said: “My first thought was someone had brought it and left it by mistake but then I thought ‘how could they wrap it in their car?’ Then my husband read the tag. My two daughters Maisie, 19, and Millie, 17, were with us so I shouted ‘girls come and look at this’.

“I looked around to see if someone was watching us. It felt like a book but I was thinking ‘should we open it?’ because we didn’t know what it was. We were going to do it in the car park but decided to take it home as we wanted to take pictures.”

After ripping off the wrapping paper, the family found a book called The Funniest Thing You Never Said. 

Inside was another message which said: “Remember how you felt when you opened this gift? 

“Please spread this positive message on Twitter #accidentalhappiness.”

Mrs Davenport said: “When we looked it up we saw another gift, which was also a book wrapped in the same paper and with the same notes, had been found at Minster beach on Sheppey.

“I posted it on Facebook and it’s had more than 400 likes - I’ve never seen so many likes. It did make me think for such a small act it caused a lot of ripples. 

“We’ve never thought of doing anything like it before but it is something I would consider because it brightens up your day.

“It’s a lovely thing to do and I don’t think they need to reveal themselves, they should remain anonymous because that’s the point.”


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