When a waitress paid the check for two firefighters who had been fighting fires all night, she did not expect anything in return. But what happened next was totally unexpected.
It was 5:30 in the morning at the 130 Diner in Delran, New Jersey, when waitress Liz Woodward approached the two New Jersey firefighters, Tim Young and Paul Hullings. Hullings asked Liz to bring him the biggest cup of coffee they had, and mentioned that they had been up all night putting out a warehouse fire.
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“I had been following the New Brunswick fire on the news,” Woodward told TODAY.com. “This was their first meal in over 24 hours; the least I could do was buy it for them for all they do everyday.”
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She paid the bill, and left a note on the back of the bill:
“Your breakfast is on me today—Thank you for all that you do; for serving others & for running into the places everyone else runs away from. No matter your role, you are courageous, brave, and strong… Thank you for being bold and badass everyday! Fueled by fire and driven by courage—what an example you are. Get some rest.”
According to Today.com, the firefighters teared up and thanked her before leaving the restaurant.
And Woodward figured she’d never see them again.
“I started tearing up and it made me feel good – us fire-fighters are wanted, people care about us,” he told the news outlet.
When he returned home, Young posted a Facebook status urging his friends to go eat at the diner.
“Turns out, the young lady who gave us a free meal is really the one that could use the help,” Mr Young wrote on his Facebook page, linking people to the fundraising website.
Ms Woodward was originally hoping to raise $17,000 for her father. More than $62,000 has now been donated, with one anonymous donor giving the fund $5000.
Ms. Woodward, overwhelmed by the donations, updated her GoFundMe page to thank everyone who had helped her cause.
“You did it. Each and every one of you giving, beautiful, human beings,” she wrote.
“My family is so blessed to know each and every one of you, and there are truly no words that can describe just how appreciative we are of your kindness, your support, and your compassion.”
It shows, with one good deed comes another.