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Firefighters Change Girl’s Life After She Pays Their Bill
The hardest jobs are those held by first responders. We should be grateful for their commitment and hard work because what they provide for their communities is priceless.
Firefighters Paul Hulling and Tim Young came by Route 130 Diner to rest and eat after spending more than 12 hours putting out a serious fire at a warehouse in North Brunswick, New Jersey.
They discussed their day there, and Liz Woodward, the waitress who was serving them, overheard them.
Instead of a receipt, Liz gave them a note that said, ”Your breakfast is on me today. Thank you for all that you do, for serving us and for running into the places everyone runs away from. No matter your role, you are courageous, brave and strong. Thank you for being bold every day.”
The firefighters were touched by this thoughtful act. Hulling shed a few tears because he was so moved. Liz’s gesture demonstrated that someone valued their labor, and for them, that meant the world.
They provided more than just their thanks, though they were quite appreciative.
Instead, Young made the decision to post the note on Facebook and to call his friends, encouraging them to stop by Route 130 Diner if they get the chance and tip Liz generously if she happens to be their waitress.
They also found out that Liz had created a GoFundMe page to support her wheelchair-bound father.
He ended up having a brain aneurysm that rendered him immobile, and she was working tirelessly to raise money for a wheelchair-accessible van.
”He needs access to the outside world. He needs to see the world outside his hospital bed,” Liz stated in the fundraiser’s description.
Although Hulling and Young helped her spread the word, she was able to gather more than $86,500 despite having a $17,000 fundraising goal.
”I don’t even know what to say to that,” Liz said, as tears of joy were rolling down her face. “That’s incredible — what a way to wake up today. I had no idea today was going to go like this.”
She posted an update on GoFundMe which read, “Our family has witnessed an outpouring of love & support from around the world, and I want to thank each and every one of you beautiful human beings for making this dream possible!”
Liz told WPVI about the amazing encounter and her kind deed, which made a big difference: ”All I did was pay for their breakfast, and I didn’t think anything would come about it except they would leave with a smile.”
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