Photo Credit: Sharon Gemma Almeida

A group of waitresses pooled their money to buy a few goodies for an abandoned baby that is being cared for by Sharon Gemma Almeida; Sharon left the restaurant in tears, thanks to their kind act.


Vereeniging, South Africa (18 April 2023) – Sharon Gemma Almeida was moved to tears after stopping for a meal at her local Mugg n Bean recently. The team of waitresses there went out of their way to do a kind deed!

Sharon is currently caring for a six-week-old abandoned baby, or more accurately, an infant. Needed a little sustenance, she stopped for lunch at the River Square Mugg n Bean in Vereeniging and was shown to a table by her waitress Selina.

Selina got them seated and took the initial orders. When she came back, she chatted with Sharon and learned that the baby was in her care after a harrowing ordeal of being abandoned. Selina was moved by the story and did something unexpected. She shared the story with her colleagues and together, the group of ladies pooled some money and quickly bought a few baby essentials to make up a goodie back for Sharon to use.

When Sharon was getting ready to leave, they all joined her at the table and offered her the bag filled with essentials for the baby.

Sharon explains that she burst into tears right there at the table. She was so touched by their collaborative kindness. She shared the beautiful story on Facebook along with a photo of all the ladies, to highlight just how much beauty there is in South Africa and the world!

“We have had the most amazing experience at River Square branch.

Our waitress Selina was prompt and efficient and chatted to us and welcomed us on arrival.

We had a six-week-old infant with us who is in safe care after being abandoned and ALL of the WAITRESSES rallied together and surprised us with the most generous bag of goodies for our little one. I was so suprised and blessed and astonished by their love that I burst into tears.

What a wonderful world we live in. What amazing human beings Mugg and Bean is blessed with having their staff at River Square

God Bless each and everyone of them for this truly beautiful unselfish act”

We cried when we saw the story too! Sharon has blessed us all by sharing it; it is the light we needed on this lovely South African autumn day.

Source: Sharon Gemma Almeida
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