She had no idea they were gonna do a little background research on her…
As firefighters, Tim Young and Paul Hullings don’t always have the luxury of clocking in and clocking out.Just recently, they had to work 12 hours straight to put out a fire and clear out the area. After they left the scene, theystopped by a diner to get something to eat and they ordered “the strongest cup of coffee humanly possible” to attempt to fix their exhaustion.
During their meal, they debriefed the fire and talked through the emotions of everything they just went through. Their waitress, Liz Woodward, couldn’t help but overhear bits and pieces of the conversation as she periodically stopped by their table to freshen their drinks and check on the food. When Tim and Paul went to pay, they were given this doodle with a note that is now going viral.
An incredible message any time of the day, but when you’re getting this act of kindness after being awake for a few days straight, you’re gonna get emotional. Both of the men teared up on the spot. The firefighters thanked Liz for her warm gesture and went home to post the event on Facebook before getting their much-needed rest.
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,” Tim said on his Facebook page.
Such an awesome story that is becoming more and more common in our world … that is … until you hit this next part. The firefighters learned that Liz’s father, Steve, was paralyzed fiveyears ago and is a quadriplegic.
They also found a donation page that Liz had made trying to raise funds for a vehicle that could handle his wheelchair so that she could drive him around. Tim shared the fundraiser on Facebook and said,Turns out, the young lady who gave us a free meal is really the one that could use the help”
That’s when the awesomest part of this story really kicks in. Within a few days, $70,000 had been donated to Liz’s campaign for a wheelchair accessible vana lot more than the $17,000 she was asking for!Liz was so blown away she could’ve passed out from the grand gesture.
“All I did was pay for their breakfast. I didnt 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.
Real love is giving to people who can’t repay you. Liz thought she was just covering a bill and that was it, but it was her authentic act of love that inspired others to give back to her.
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