After 12 long hours of fighting fires, New Jersey firefighters Tim Young and Paul Hullings went to a local restaurant to grab a bite to eat.
Their waitress was Liz Woodward, who overheard them talking about their rough day fighting a particularly nasty fire. When they asked for their check, instead of a bill they received this heartwarming note:
As they read the touching letter, both men couldn't help but feel the tears welling up in their eyes. Later that night, Tim posted the note on Facebook, saying "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."
The story could have ended there, but this is where it gets truly incredible. The firefighters were able to learn that Liz's father had been paralyzed for the last 5 years and that Liz was trying to set up a crowdfunding page to buy a new car that would be wheelchair accessible. When Tim found out, he urged everyone he knew to help out, telling them that "Turns out, the young lady who gave us a free meal is really the one that could use the help …"
Within a matter of days, the donations amounted to a whopping $70,000, way beyond the $17,000 the family was asking for. Naturally, Liz and her whole family were incredibly grateful for the help. "All I did was pay for their breakfast. I didn't expect anything more than a smile," says Liz "It goes to show that you just have to be kind to each other and that even the smallest gesture can change a life."
Via: Aunty Acid