After a 12 hour overnight shift, a couple firefighters, Tim Young and Paul Hullings from New Jersey, decided to grab some breakfast before headed home. Their waitress overheard them talking about battling a tough fire that night and bought their breakfast for them. This is the note she left:
They were so blown away by this kindness that Tim took to Facebook, writing: “Such a selfless and kind act. I definitely urge my friends to make a trip out and support the business, and if Liz happens to be your waitress, tip big.”
Eventually Tim and Paul tracked Liz down and found out that her father was paralyzed and had been for years. They found a donation page that was trying to get her father a wheelchair. Tim urged everyone to help the family out. “Turns out, the young lady who gave us a free meal is really the one that could use the help,” he wrote on Facebook.
Within days, they had raised $70,000, which was well above their original request for $17,000. Liz and her family were grateful.
“All I did was pay for their breakfast. I didn’t expect anything more than a smile,” says the waitress “It goes to show that you just have to be kind to each other and that even the smallest gesture can change a life.”