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Strangers celebrate mom's 100th birthday with gift to newborn

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WATERTOWN, Mass. (WHDH) -

A new mother at Mount Auburn Hospital got a special gift for her daughter on June 1.

Milla Rose Pilja was born at 2:41 a.m., she was the first girl born on that date and to one family that was important.

The name Rose would be inspired by what was inside a box given to Milla and her parents when she was born.

“We hadn't even thought about a middle name, we only had a first name in mind,” Lana Pilja, Milla’s mother, said.

A letter inside the box started to explain what was going on.

“Our mother Rose was born in Watertown on June 1, 1914,” the letter said.

Three daughters dropped the box off at Mt. Auburn Hospital with specific instructions; they wanted it to be given to the first baby girl born on June 1 to mark what would have been their mother's 100th birthday.

“To celebrate her 100th birthday we wanted to give you this gift of $100 to the first baby girl born on this date,” the letter said. “The best gifts are the unexpected ones inspired by love and kindness to others.”

Lanna said she was just pleased to get the gift.

“I was really overwhelmed because it was such a thoughtful and unique way to celebrate your mom. We just want to say a big thank you for the gift,” she said.

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