Sometimes, it’s the little things that can mean so much, like a smile from a stranger, a compliment…. or maybe even a free cup of coffee.
And as it turns out, that’s exactly what the people working on the Paid Leave for the US (PL+US) campaign say has kept them going this week – free cups of coffee, from none other than Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex!
Why is she shouting campaign workers cappuccinos, lattes and short blacks, you might be wondering?
Well, just last month the Duchess wrote an open letter to U.S. Congress calling for paid family leave for all. Now she’s showing her support and appreciation for all those fighting behind the scenes too.
According to a Twitter post shared by Neil Sroka, the Communications Director for PL +US, the Duchess gave each employee a $25 Starbucks voucher:
“The Duchess of Sussex (aka #MeghanMarkle) bought everyone at @PaidLeaveUs a few cups of coffee while we’re working overtime to #SavePaidLeave. Unbelievably classy…and necessary. Truly honoured to know she has our backs in the fight to win #PaidLeaveForAll,” he posted.
He also shared a screenshot of the voucher which included a note from Meghan and Harry’s Archewell Foundation which reads: “Just a little something to keep you going. Thank you for all that you do.”
The Duchess of Sussex (aka #MeghanMarkle) bought everyone at @PaidLeaveUS a few cups of coffee while we’re working overtime to #SavePaidLeave. Unbelievably classy… and necessary. Truly honored to know she has our backs in the fight to win #PaidLeaveForAll. pic.twitter.com/iPtTO07GHQ
— Neil Sroka (@nsroka) October 30, 2021
In her letter published on PL+US’s website last month, Meghan highlighted how many countries already have impactful laws in place to support new parents:
“Estonia, for example, offers over a year and a half of leave to be shared by new parents. Many other countries have robust programs that give months of time for both parents (birth or adoptive) to be home with their child. The United States, in stark contrast, does not federally guarantee any person a single day of paid leave. And fewer than one in four workers has dedicated paid family leave through their employer. I’m sure you agree that if we are to continue to be exceptional, then we can’t be the exception.”
She ended her letter urging Congress to make paid leave “a national right.”
In a follow-up post shared by Neil, he explained just how much Meghan’s act of kindness has meant to the team as small as it may seem:
(Feature Image Credit: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Global Citizen)