They say that an act of kindness tend to have a ripple effect, begetting more and more kindness and goodness as more lives are touched. In this story of a New Jersey waitress and two firefighters, this is certainly proved true.
It all started when firemen Tim Young and Paul Hullings stopped into Rt. 130 Diner, asking for the strongest coffee they could get.
Server Liz Woodward brought the coffee and soon overheard why they were in need of a pick-me-up: the pair had just spent 12 hours putting out a fire.
When it came time to bring the check, Liz returned with this note instead:
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 bada** everyday! Fueled by fire & driven by courage—what an example you are.
Get some rest!
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.”
But it turns out, Liz’s gift and Tim’s post weren’t to be the last acts of kindness in this tale.
Tim and Paul soon found out that Liz had a GoFundMe online raising money for her father. 5 years ago, an aneurysm left her father paralyzed. The GoFundMe‘s aim was to buy a $17,000 wheelchair accessible vehicle for him.
When Time and Paul heard about Liz’s father, they posted a plea to the community to help her. “Turns out, the young lady who gave us a free meal is really the one that could use the help,” they wrote.
Soon, the GoFundMe surpassed its goal of $17k and soared to over $86k!
“All I did was pay for their breakfast,” said Liz. “I didn’t expect anything more than a smile.”
Now, Tim and Paul are “part of the family”…
…and Liz’s quadriplegic father has new freedom thanks to over a thousand generous donors.
Share this beautiful example of kindness today!