This Is What Happened When A NJ Waitress Paid For Firefighters’ Breakfast (VIDEO)

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Firefighter Paul Hullings had just spent 12 hours fighting a particularly huge fire in New Brunswick when his fellow firefighter, Tim Young, took him out for breakfast. They stopped at the Route 130 Diner in Delran and had a nice breakfast. As they chatted about the fire, their waitress overheard and Liz Woodard decided that she would comp the firefighters’ breakfasts.

She left this note instead of a check:

“Your breakfast is on me today. Thank you all that you do, for serving us and for running into the places everyone runs away from. No matter your role, you are courageous, brave and strong. Thank you for being bold and badass everyday. Fueled by fire and driven by courage – what an example you are. Get some rest!”

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The two men were moved to tears, knowing that they were appreciated. When Young posted the note on his Facebook page, it was shared over 3,000 times. Woodard brushed praise aside, calling it just “a small gesture.”

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When Young and Hullings found out that Woodard had a GoFundMe page, they saw a way to pay her back for her kindness. Liz has been trying to raise money for a van for her quadriplegic father, who was paralyzed five years ago by a brain aneurysm. Woodard wrote on the page:

“He needs access to the outside world. He needs to see the world outside his hospital bed.”

Young posted a link to the page and donations began pouring in. The goal of $17,000 was easily reached. But, when Mr. Woodard suffered a grand mal seizure on Monday, the family knew they’d need a more expensive van. So the goal was raised to $80,000.

After Young and Hullings posted about the Woodard family’s need, the page has gone up to over $60,000 and  the donations continue to roll in. No doubt the goal will be reached by the end of this week. The two firefighters will have had a big hand in that.

On the GoFundMe page, Liz Woodard put some quotes at the end of the updates. The quotes come from Winston Churchill, Mother Teresa, St. Francis of Assisi… all of them have the same theme: giving. “For it is in giving that we receive,”  is from the Prayer of St. Francis. In this case, we see it in action.

Here’s the report from ABC6 News:


Reprinted with permission from Addicting Info