It is amazing how a little act of kindness can bring a huge difference in one’s life. The best example is Liz Woodward, a waitress, paid for the breakfast of two fi-refi-ght-ers, Tim Young and Paul Hullings who had been working all night in New Jersey, but what they did in return for her was even more impressive.
When the fir-efig-ht-ers arrived at Delran’s 130 Diner around 5:30 a.m. on Thursday, a beautiful 24-year-old lady approached their table. Hullings asked her to bring them the biggest cup of coffee they could find and explained that he had been up all night putting out a warehouse fi-re.
Woodward told TODAY.com, “I had been following the New Brunswick on the news. It was their first meal in over 24 hours; the least I could do for all they do every day was buy it for them.” So she took their bill and scribbled on the back, “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.
No matter your role, you are courageous, brave, and strong… Thank you for being bold and badass every day! Fueled by fir-e and driven by courage — what an example you are. Get some rest.”
Before leaving the restaurant, the fi-ref-ighters sobbed and thanked the lady for her kind act. she assumed she’d never see them again. When Young got home, he posted a social media status encouraging his friends to eat at the diner. He didn’t stop there, though. As soon as they got to know that Woodward was trying to raise funds for her quadriplegic father to purchase a wheelchair-accessible fan, they decided to pitch in.
“Turns out, the young lady who gave us a free meal is really the one that could use the help…”, in another post, Young mentioned the GoFundMe campaign that Woodward started in December. Since then, over 1,000 people have contributed $67,000, exceeding the previous goal of$17,000. Woodward has maintained her contact with Hullings and Young, also introduced them to her father. Along with sharing the joy of how much money they raised with the support of each other, they are spreading an inspirational message to all.
“People from all over the world have heard our story, and from it, they’re recognizing opportunities to do something little or big for someone else,” Woodward added. Woodward credited the 130 Diner restaurant with start off a lot of wonderful things in her life. As she has been working there since it was first opened seven years back, she considers it her second home. She said, “This is just one example of how so many people in this world have incredible hearts and they pay it forward so the circle keeps on moving.”