The O'Neill family has started a pay-it forward movement after buying coffee for people in memory of their eldest daughter. Alyssa Josephine O'Neill of Erie, Pa., died Sept. 4 from an epileptic seizure. She was only 18. The day she died, Alyssa had asked her parents to take her to get a pumpkin spice latte the next day. Because they didn't get the chance to buy a latte for their daughter, Alyssa's parents, Jason and Sarah, went to a local Starbucks a couple of days after the funeral and bought drinks for 40 people. They asked the baristas to write #AJO on each donated cup in memory of Alyssa. This act of kindness has inspired others to buy drinks for customers at coffee shops around the world and post photos of donated coffees on Twitter and Facebook using the hashtag #AJO. It has even expanded beyond coffee shops. One person, for example, paid for a toy store customer’s layaway order.
"My wife and I have said the words, 'amazing,' 'awesome' and 'magical' more than we ever have in our entire lives. We never thought it would spread like this," Jason told TODAY.com. "We're still in disbelief, and every time we think, 'There's no way they can top this,' something more amazing happens." [Source]
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