As someone who lives in a metropolitan area, I have slowly become accustomed to keeping my head down and largely ignoring the people around me. As such, random acts of kindness seem like a weird kind of fairytale that don’t actually exist in the real world.
Perhaps that’s why it’s always a little heartening to see other people finding small (and large) ways to make a difference in the lives of total strangers.
On July 8, a group of firefighters from the City of Colton Fire Department spent the day fighting the La Cadena Fire in the La Loma Hills of Southern California. The 25 firefighters then decided to grab dinner at a local Denny’s.
Apparently, one anonymous woman felt so indebted to the crew that she paid for the entire group’s meal as a show of appreciation — an act of generosity that cost over $400, including tip. The woman even went the extra mile by paying another $100 to buy dessert for all of the firefighters.
The fire department shared the heartwarming event on their Facebook page, expressing their sincere thanks:
After all of the firefighters finished fighting the La Cadena Fire in La Loma Hills this evening, they were sent to Denny’s for dinner. While eating, an anonymous woman told the Denny’s staff that she wanted to buy all of the firefighter’s meals; there were about 25 firefighters in the restaurant at that time. This woman paid for the meal of all of the firefighters at Denny’s at that time, plus tip for a total of $405; she also paid $100 for dessert for all of the crews.
On behalf of all of the firefighters that worked on the La Cadena Fire from San Bernardino County Fire, Cal Fire, Redlands, Colton, Loma Linda, Ontario, Rancho Cucamonga, San Manuel, Montclair, Apple Valley, Chino Valley, Upland, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Aviation, and Colton PD, we thank you for your generous show of support.
We are all honored to serve the citizens of our communities.
The post has since gone viral, with over 1,100 shares and 8,000 likes.
Though some commenters felt compelled to yuck the yum by pointing out that the woman in question undertipped the server (come on, guys, I’m sure the firefighters were willing to throw down an extra $20), the response to the generous gesture was largely positive — particularly from firefighter families.
See? Occasionally, people actually do nice things for one another! It happens in real life, sometimes!
Let’s just hang on to this nice moment and pretend that all of the other online trolling and toxic commenting doesn’t exist (for a few minutes, anyway).