Waitress Liz Woodward thought nothing of paying for two exhausted firefighters’ breakfast. But after they heard that her father was seriously ill, the firemen went out of their way to pay back her generosity.
New Jersey firefighters Paul Hulling and Tim Young had just finished a draining 12-hour shift and headed to a local cafe for coffee, where they were greeted by Liz.
Liz overheard the two men discuss their work and decided to pay for their meal, leaving this thank-you note.
She wrote: “Thank you for all that you do; for serving others and for running into the places everyone else runs away from.”
“You are courageous, brave and strong… Thank you for being bold and badass every day!”
Paul told ABC6 News: “I started tearing up — us firefighters are wanted, people care about us.”
But that’s not the end of this heartwarming tale. The firefighters later learned that Liz’s father suffered a brain aneurysm five years go and has been quadriplegic ever since.
When they heard Liz was raising money to buy an adapted car for her disabled father, the firefighters were determined to repay her kindness.
They turned to Facebook, posting: “Turns out, the young lady who gave us a free meal is really the one that could use the help.”
They spread the word about Liz’s kindness and encouraged people to help her hit the $17,000 target on her GoFundMe page.
The post went viral and anonymous donations came pouring in, totalling an incredible $85,000 to date.
Liz was blown away by the firefighters kindness, saying: “All I did was pay for their breakfast, I didn’t expect anything more than a smile.”
“I’m truly blessed those two walked through the doors today and beyond grateful for the opportunity to be a part of something so positive and uplifting.”