Remember waitress who picked up firefighters’ tab? Good karma comes around
A New Jersey waitress who famously picked up the tab for two firefighters has been handsomely rewarded for her generosity.
Liz Woodward treated firefighters Tim Young and Paul Hullings to breakfast when they stopped at Route 130 Diner in Delran after working all night at a warehouse fire in North Brunswick in July. On Thursday, her family took delivery of a customized van for her paralyzed father, Steve, donated by Mobility Venture.
"It's not a car, it's not a van, it's not a truck. It's an MV-1! (Or a tank, as we like to call it!) It's freedom. It's hope on wheels. It's a life for my parents and for our family and it is an absolute DREAM COME TRUE," wrote Woodward on her Facebook page.
Woodward wrote a note on the check thanking the firefighters for their service and "for running into the places everyone else runs away from."
The firefighters also found out Woodward had started a GoFundMe page to buy a wheelchair-accessible van for her father, helped spread the word to get donations. The page collected $80,000 in donations, which goes toward paying for Woodward's father's medical care following a brain aneurysm several years ago.
"When we heard about Liz's efforts to help her father and the incredible support she's received from her community, we were deeply inspired and wanted to pay forward her kindness," Pat Kemp, Mobility Ventures executive vice president, said. "We're happy to have a hand in giving her family back their mobility and freedom, and the peace of mind that comes from driving a safe and reliable vehicle."