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Military wife says "It's the thought that counts"
A free cake doesn't seem like that big of a deal but to one Florida military wife. It made all the difference in the world.
The cake was meant to welcome home Alicia Jones' husband and on it was a note.
It said "Please enjoy your time with your family. Thank you so much for your sacrifice."
It was a sunny September day and Alicia Jones went to Publix on the way to pick up her husband at the airport.
He was home from deployment in Bahrain for 2 weeks and this was his first time seeing his daughter.
So Jones got him a red velvet cake to say welcome home...
"When I went back to pick it up at 2:00 the lady at the bakery just gave it to me and said there's no charge and there was a note and i just started crying, and I said thank you so much, thank you, we appreciate those things."
Her husband Jonathan is a electronics technician overseas usually stationed on a ship. This is his 4th deployment.
"It's hard cause he's such a fantastic dad."
This time it was a complete stranger being fantastic.
Oakleaf Publix Store Manager Rick Henning who comped he cake to show his gratitude.
His co-workers wouldn't let us bug him on his day off so we could commend his good deed. They say is just part of what they stand for...
"We're so proud of the fact that our culture continues to carry on after over 83 years of connecting and engaging with our customers and this is one great example of how we support our customers and we serve our customers."
"It's just the thought that counts, the little tiny things, it's not even the fact that it was a free cake it was just nice to know that people support and they realize the sacrifices that we give. We have two small children and he doesn't get to see them grow up and it makes me really sad but it's nice to know that other people care and they see that."
Now close to hundreds of thousands of people have seen what Henning did after Jones posted a picture of the note and it went viral.
"People complain too much and I just felt there needed to be a compliment to Publix and to Mr. Henning that we care and we appreciate everything he did. I never anticipated this, whatsoever."
But she's thankful not because she saved $25 on the cake because Henning understood the sacrifice her husband and other military members make for our freedom.
"It's something small for you but it meant a great deal to me and our family and we really appreciate it."