After a difficult 12-hour shift battling a huge fire, two firefighters stopped by Rt. 130 Diner in Delran, New Jersey for breakfast. They requested their waitress, Liz Woodward, for the strongest cup of coffee she could make them.
Overhearing the firefighters’ conversation about the difficult time they had the night before, Liz’s heart was touched by their courage and dedication. Even when she was broke and actually trying to raise funds for a wheelchair-accessible vehicle for her dad, she decided to pay for their firefighters’ breakfast.
Instead of the usual bill, she wrote them a heartfelt note, thanking them for their courage and dedication.
Touched by the gesture, firefighters Tim Young and Paul Hullings shared the note-receipt on social media, asking friends to give Liz a big tip if she happens to be their waitress while dining at Rt. 130 Diner.
But the ripple of kindness did not stop there – for the firefighters soon learned that Liz was trying to raise funds for her dad through a crowd funding campaign. They reposted their story along with Liz’s campaign…and it caught fire! Within days, plenty of donations came pouring in. One anonymous donor even gave $5,000 to the campaign!
She was merely trying to raise $17,000 for the vehicle yet thousands of people were able to give her over $70,000. Liz was surprised at the unexpected turn of events, saying she had only expected a big smile from the firefighters after she paid their meal but never thought her kind deed would receive such a huge reward…