Paul and Tim had just entered this diner at 6 am after trying to put out a big fire for twelve straight hours. All they requested was the strongest cup of coffee the diner’s barista could manage to make. They took their coffee and seated themselves.
When they finished their drinks and went to pay for the coffee they were surprised.
The surprise was that a waitress on duty had paid from her own pocket for their drinks. Waitress Liz Woodward who was on her shift in the diner had heard the two firefighters describing the whole fire incident to the barista while waiting for their coffee.
She then decided to pay for their drinks and left a wonderful message, sincerely thanking the two firefighters for their service to the public. Both the firemen were initially shocked and overwhelmed with emotions. They profusely thanked the waitress for her kind gesture and went their way.
Fireman Tim Young recounted the whole story of the kind waitress on his Facebook account page and asked the other firefighters and all his friends to go to the diner to support their business and also asked them to tip the waitress generously.
Tim posted that “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.”
The story becomes more emotional from here on. The firemen found out that Liz’s father Steve was quadriplegic and was paralysed for the last 5 years.
Liz had put up a donation page for in order to raise money for funding a wheelchair accessible vehicle as she wanted her father to travel with comfort and ease. Tim Young then shared the story on Facebook and urged people and friends to donate generously on Liz’s funding page.
He posted that “Turns out, the young lady who gave us a free meal is really the one that could use the help…”
People seemed to have heard Tim’s plea for help in raising the required amount for Liz’s dad’s wheelchair accessible vehicle. Within a matter of few days, she received donations in the tune of $70,000 which was way more than the goal she had initially set of $17,000 to buy the vehicle.
This happy shock made Liz say that “All I did was pay for their breakfast. I didn’t 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.”
Liz’s dad and her whole family are ever grateful to the two firemen Paul and Tim, who helped them achieving a very important goal in order to give Liz’s dad a comfortable life.