When it comes to hard work, most people are familiar with having a long day. It doesn’t matter if you are a nurse or a mailman, labor takes it’s toll on the best of us. When two tired firefighters stepped into a Delran diner,they didn’t expect to go viral, but what happened to follow was nothing short of incredible. Paul Hullings was enjoying his breakfast, and recounting the details of his taxing night putting out a fire that occurred in a warehouse, when his waitress overhead him. After listening to the details of the fireman’s dangerous shift, Liz was so moved that she decided to give them their meal on the house.
When they asked for their check, Liz handed them a check with with a handwritten not of gratitude, “Your breakfast is on me today, thank you for all that you do; for serving others & for running into places everyone else 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 amazing example you are. Get some rest.”
Hullings says that he was so emotional about the gesture, that he began to cry. A fellow firemen posted the note to the fire department’s Facebook page, and within hours the post was spreading all over social media. The firefighters were so touched by the waitress’s act of kindness, that they were inspired to show her just how grateful they really were.
Soon, the firefighters discovered that Liz was actually in the process of raising money for her quadriplegic father. Apparently Liz’s father is confined to a wheelchair, and Liz was raising money so that she could purchase a wheelchair-accessible van. After seeing Liz’s GoFundMe campaign, the firefighters created a second post with links to the GoFundMe page that was over a year old. Within a short time, donations started rolling in, and since then over 1,000 people have donated money to Liz’s cause. So far $67,000 has been raised in donations, even though Liz’s goal was $17,000, the donations just keep coming.
What an amazing story of paying it forward, Liz found it in her heart to pick up $15 breakfast tab, only to end up being the true recipient of the blessing. When you have love in your heart, you will truly be appreciated and in ways that are hard to imagine.