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Never underestimate the power of a kind gesture.

A Meijer worker on the state’s west side honored a recent request for a birthday cake message, and thousands have responded to a Facebook post about the customer’s encounter with the helper.

The shopper said the act spreads a message of its own: “kindness is important!”

The customer, Lisa Sarber Aldrich, wrote on Facebook last weekend that she sought the greeting from the employee who appeared to work in the bakery at the Gaines Township store.

“She said she would (write the message), and after a long time, she came and presented me with this cake,” Aldrich wrote. “I looked her in the eye and said thank you before I even looked at the cake. After looking, I nervously laughed and headed to check out - it didn't really matter to me that it looked so bad - I thought people would think it was funny.”

A picture Aldrich posted on Facebook shows a white-and-pink cake, topped with “Happy Birthday Mandy” scrawled in purple frosting.

But that message was much more significant than what was written in frosting.

While at the checkout, cashiers and a manager came over to glimpse the confection — some even snapping photos, Aldrich wrote.

“To my surprise, after they discussed it, one cashier put her arm on my shoulder and said ‘the girl who wrote that has Autism. Thank you for smiling and thanking her - even though she's not supposed to write on cakes, you probably made her day.’ ”

Others have taken note. By early Wednesday, her post had been shared more than 64,100 times.

“Awesome story! Awesome cake! Awesome young lady! Bless her heart!” one user wrote.

Another commented: “Great lesson for everyone!!! Sometimes I think we get so caught up in ourselves that we forget about the needs (spoken or not) of others.”

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