This is a story of true love and absolute kindness. When your best friend moves away, it can be hard to stay as connected as you were when you both lived in the same city.
When 21-year-old Heidi Paat moved away to Riverside, California to attend college, she left behind her two best friends, Vanessa Mendoza and Norma Bates. The other girls stayed in Montclair, California, which meant they didn’t spend as much time together as they used to.
It was especially difficult when Mendoza and Bates both lost a parent. Although Paat couldn’t be there, she never stopped thinking about her best friends.
So, when she came home to celebrate their belated birthdays, she presented the girls with two very special gifts:
“I thought something that they’d love could be something related to their parents because I know how much they miss them,” she told BuzzFeed News.
Paat arranged to get recordings of Bate’s late mother and Mendoza’s late father. She installed them into Build-A-Bears for each woman and saved the gifts for last.
When Bates and Mendoza (the green hat) realized what they were listening to, they were speechless.
The recording of Bates’ late mother was her singing “Happy Birthday” and the clip of Mendoza’s dad is telling her how pretty she looks.
Watch the emotional video below:
What an incredible friend! They’re lucky to have eachother!