Family Bill Was Paid By The Stranger With A Very Special Note.

I think, well, I would hope, that in all of us there is a need to help others… some strong desire to lighten the burdens of others, at least a little, and here are 10 stories of people paying for the meals of strangers.

1. In Cabot, Arkansas, Dan and Maxi Cortez went to a Red Lobster on Father’s Day to have a meal and spend time with the little 1-year-old girls, Harper and Harlow. When they had finished and asked for their bill, their waitress brought them a receipt, saying another family had taken care of their bill.

The receipt had a note on the back, and it read: “Happy Father’s Day! Enjoy your babies. They don’t stay little long. From the family across from you.”

Dan and Maxi truly appreciated the kindness of these strangers paying for their meals, because it came on a special day when Dan and Maxi were remembering the third child of their triplets, Landon, who died at 7 weeks from meningitis.

And both mother and father were missing their little boy.


2. Ashley England of China Grove, North Carolina, went to a restaurant with her family, and that included her special needs son, Riley, who was 4 at the time.

At one point during the meal, Riley started acting up, getting frustrated because he could not get his mom’s phone to work right for him. He beat on the table and threw the phone, and others noticed.

Later, when the family got its bill, their waitress told them it had been taken care of, and handed Ashley a note from the person who paid it. It read: “God only gives special children to special people.”

Ashley and her family were very touched by the kind gesture.


3. In Florida, Nina took her five children out for dinner at a Cracker Barrel. After the meal and the children went to the bathroom, a stranger approached Nina and told her that all her children were so well behaved. Nina thanked the woman and told her that their father, a Marine, was a big influence in their behavior.

When the woman left, Nina’s waitress approached her and told her that her bill was paid for by the woman who had just left, and all she asked was to pay it forward. Nina started crying, because that’s exactly what Nina herself has done in the past, paying for other people’s meals.


4. Jerina Edwards of Oklahoma had stopped into a Chinese restaurant for dinner last December. It was a rough time for her, as she was undergoing treatments for breast cancer and had lost all of her hair.

When she finished her meal, her waitress handed her the receipt with a note on it. It read: “I lost my wife to cancer 5 years ago. I know how tough it can be going through this. Your meal is on me. Merry Christmas.”

Jerina shared the incident on Facebook, saying, “More than anything, having cancer has shown me that there are a lot of good people in the world.”


5. Caretakers Sharon Farrington and Faizal Shaw stopped at a restaurant in Manchester to have a meal 20-year-old Ryan, who has cerebral palsy. While eating, Ryan and his caretakers got into a conversation with a man and his two children at the next table.

The man and his children left, and when the waitress came to Ryan’s table, the trio was told that the man sitting next to them had taken care of their bill.

Ryan’s parents, Chris and Paula King, were thrilled by the stranger’s kind gesture to their son.


6. In Rock Hill, Missouri, Cynthia Tipton was having dinner at a restaurant with her family, including her 10-year-old autistic son, Noland. During the meal, Noland started screaming and crying, but Cynthia whispered to him to calm him down and told him that he was safe. In just a minute, he got quiet.

When their waitress approached Cynthia, she thought for sure that someone was complaining about them. Instead, the waitress handed her a note that read: “Hi! We couldn’t help but notice what a great mother you are and what a beautiful family you have. God bless.”

That act of kindness, said Cynthia, was “overwhelming.”


7. While eating dinner in Boston, a mother and daughter broke down and started crying. A waiter noticed the commotion but he had no idea what was going on. Then, a man at a table near them called him over and asked for his check. Then he gave the waiter his credit card and a note.

It read: “Do me a favor and bring me their check too. Someone just got diagnosed. Don’t tell them.”

When the man left, the waiter told the women that the man had taken care of their bill. They were very grateful, and the waiter posted the incident online, saying: “Faith in humanity restored.


8. Lauren Nordberg lives in Bainbridge Island, Washington, and her young son, Elliot, has autism. One day, the two of them stopped at a restaurant for lunch, and during their meal, the little boy had a “full on autistic meltdown,” as Lauren called it.

But Lauren dealt with it, and quickly, Elliot calmed down. Later, when she asked for her bill, she was told that it had already been paid for, and handed her a note. It read: “Have a great day! You are doing a wonderful job! God bless, from a mother who knows.”

Lauren made a post about it on Facebook and was so thankful for the stranger’s random act of kindness.


9. It was just a few days before Christmas in the tiny town of Petrolia, Pennsylvania, where the population is barely above 200. Children in a poor family had been asking their parents to please take them out to eat for the holidays, because they knew they were going to get little if anything else for Christmas.

The father of the family was struggling terribly to make ends meet, but he did want to give his children something nice for Christmas… something they desperately wanted… a good meal – a Holiday meal — at a restaurant. So he, his wife and their three children went to the Centurion Restaurant. It was going to take every bit of money they had, but it was worth it for the children.

As the family was seated at their table, they started talking about Christmas and the bills… and the dread of having little money. And all the while, a woman seated near them was taking in their stories of struggle… and hope. And as that woman was taking care of her own bill, she went ahead and paid for this family’s bill as well.

When the family’s waitress came over and told them their bill had been taken care of, one of the children, a little 6-year-old girl, jumped up with glee, shouting Santa had taken care of them. And, indeed, an anonymous Santa had.


10. On a Facebook page dedicated to those stories that make you feel warm and fuzzy inside, a Utah woman posted a story that she thought proved there are walking angels on Earth. 

It read: Today I met an angel. You came into a Denny’s I work at in Utah. You asked me, ‘Can I have a waitress who is a single mother?’ I thought it was very odd, but I sat you in Crystal’s section. You sat there for 2 hours just watching people. 7 families came in and ate while you were there and you paid every one of their bills, over $1,000 you paid for people you didn’t even know.

I asked, ‘Why did you do that?’ You simply said, ‘Family is everything, I’ve lost all mine.’ Looking into your eyes while you said that made me tear up (It’s why I walked away so quickly) as soon as I got in the back I broke down in tears because your eyes had so much pain in them.

I just wanted to let you know, the waitress Crystal that you requested was living in a shelter with her son until she was able to save up enough to get a place. Your bill was $21.34 and you left her a $1,500 tip, because of you she gets her new place next week, because of you 7 families ate for free.

Crystal told me she prayed the night before for a miracle and God sent you. You left before any of us could say thank you, I hope you read this because you’re truly an amazing person and you stole the hearts of every one of us here. Thank you.


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