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Parents’ Pumpkin Spice Latte Act of Kindness in Honor of Daughter Goes Viral

Parents' pumpkin spice latte act of kindness goes viral

(ABCNews)– A Pennsylvania’s family pumpkin spice latte act of kindness in honor of their daughter’s death has turned into a viral chain of good deeds and raising awareness for epilepsy.

On Sept. 3, Alyssa O’Neill, 18, texted her mom to ask if they could go to Starbucks the next morning before school so that she could try her first pumpkin spice latte. Her mom “agreed wholeheartedly.”

“Unfortunately, my daughter passed away early [the next] morning and we never got a chance to do that for her,” Alyssa’s dad, Jason O’Neill, told ABCNews.com. Alyssa died of an epileptic seizure.

“After the viewing and the funeral, we spent a few days being extremely sad and hiding from everybody, but we realized that wasn’t really helping,” he said.

So the family, which includes Alyssa’s two younger sisters and brother, headed to an Erie, Penn., Starbucks to fulfill her last wish.

“She really wanted a pumpkin spice latte,” her dad remembered thinking. “I know we can’t get her one, but we’ll each get one and then we’ll pay it forward and let some other people enjoy what Alyssa didn’t get a chance to have. And maybe they’ll spread the kindness and do a nice thing in honor of our daughter.”

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H/T: WHAS11.com

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October 1st, 2013 at 2:24 pm

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