A group of 18 military members in Niagara Falls, New York, has reportedly been honored by a very thoughtful gesture.
What began as a celebratory outing turned into something quite unexpected when Alyssa Zehler and her fellow Air Force members went for lunch at the Fuji Grill.
“We were there from the Niagara Falls AFB base for lunch…” Zehler told Liftable, a section of The Western Journal. “We had been together for 5 weeks in a class and were graduating that week so we all wanted to have lunch together.”
The large group was sitting around enjoying themselves when a couple with three children stopped to thank them.
“[I]t was incredible,” Zehler told WGRZ-TV. “This woman offered to take a picture, a group photo of us, she had her family there, her two sons and her daughter with her husband and she’s talking to us and she thanked us for our service.”
“We thanked them for their support,” Zehler told Liftable. The couple soon went about their day as did Zehler and her friends.
What they didn’t know is that they’d be leaving the restaurant with full bellies — and full wallets.
Zehler said that when it was time to pay, the restaurant hostess told them there was no need. Not only had the anonymous couple paid for all 18 meals, but they tipped the servers and chefs, too!
“It left us speechless,” Zehler shared with WGRZ-TV. “It brought some of us to tears. It was a very heartwarming thing.”
A photo of the group along with the touching story was shared to Facebook.
Soon the comments began pouring in, thanking Zehler and her friends for their service and noting how kind the couple had been.
“To the couple that paid for 18 meals at Fuji Grill in Niagara Falls for lunch today, thank you,” the caption on the photo began.
“We are without words, and beyond grateful for your generosity,” Zehler continued. “You brought some of us to tears and it is something we will never forget.”
“[W]e just wanted them to know how grateful we were for their generosity,” Zehler told Liftable. “They wanted to remain anonymous and we completely understand.”
Have you ever witnessed anything like what happened to Zehler and her friends? When was the last time you experienced the kindness of a stranger?
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