In a Hainesport, New Jersey diner, an act of kindness unfolded when waitress Liz Woodward decided to cover the meals of two exhausted firefighters. Little did she know that her simple gesture would lead to an unexpected response from Tim Young and Paul Hullings.
Fresh from battling a massive warehouse fire, Tim and Paul sought some much-needed respite with coffee and breakfast. Liz, hoping to lighten their load even momentarily, paid for their meals. Grateful for their service and bravery, she wrote on their bill, “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.”
After sharing the experience on social media, the firefighters discovered more about Liz. They learned that she had been actively fundraising to purchase a specialized van for her quadriplegic father, but had only reached halfway to her goal of $60,000. Moved by her dedication, Tim and Paul shared her cause on their own platforms, resulting in a rapid surge of donations that reached the target.
Overwhelmed by the generosity she received, Liz expressed her gratitude, saying, “I’m at a loss for words.” The heartfelt exchange at the diner became a testament to the power of kindness and the ripple effect it can have in changing lives.