On September 3, Pennsylvania teen Alyssa O'Neill texted her parents, asking them to take her for a pumpkin spiced latte the next day.
The 18-year-old high school senior, who had been diagnosed with epilepsy a year earlier, died the next morning after suffering a grand mal seizure in the shower.
Two days after her funeral, her parents, Jason and Sarah O'Neill, bought 40 pumpkin spiced lattes for unsuspecting customers at a Starbucks in Erie, Pennsylvania. They requested that each cup have the hashtag #AJO, for Alyssa Josephine O'Neill, be written on it with purple marker.
The Starbucks manager and employees were so moved by the gesture, they donated an additional 50 lattes.
"There isn't a protocol for when you lose a child," Jason O'Neill told the Erie Times-News. "We didn't know what to do or how to do it. But we knew that lying in bed and crying didn't feel good. We wanted to feel good and honour Alyssa's memory."
The O'Neills' act of kindness has since spread through coffee shops acrossRead More »from Pennsylvania family starts pay-it-forward movement in honour of late daughter