On Feb. 18, an anonymous woman quietly observed a group of 20 mothers and daughters enjoying lunch together at the Creve Coeur Pasta House in St. Louis, Missouri.
Many of the girls have Down syndrome, including Mary Susanne Crockett’s daughter, Lily Crockett.
The group was stunned when the waiter approached their table and told them another customer paid their bill.
“He said somebody has paid for your bill and I’m like, ‘Which one of our bills?'” Mary Crockett told WBIR-TV. “He was like, ‘The whole bill of like 20 people.'”
Crockett and her friends were filled with surprise and joy at the stranger’s generosity.
“I mean we’re not petite people, so it wasn’t just a little birthday luncheon,” Crockett laughed.
The Pasta House employees were equally impressed, noting that it is rare to see such an expensive bill covered by a stranger.
“I’ve never seen a table pay for another group that big,” said one employee.
The woman was still in the restaurant and explained the reason she felt compelled to pay for the group’s meal.
“One of our moms went over and talked to her and she said she saw our daughters and it really just tugged on her heartstrings and she knew she had to do something,” said Crockett.
The generous act of kindness left Crockett, her friends, and their daughters inspired to do something generous for someone else.
“How can we pay this forward,” Crockett said, “so our friend Ann Hammond was talking about opportunities so we could bless someone the way we were blessed.”
Crockett and Lily are fierce advocates for people with Down syndrome.
The pair recently returned from a trip to Iceland — not on vacation — but as ambassadors, trying to change the way Icelandic culture views people with Down syndrome.
“We pray that Lily’s life and the joy she brings to all who know her will help the world see her value,” Crockett wrote on Facebook.
The woman at the restaurant certainly must have seen Lily’s value — and all the other girls with her — resulting in a story that is spreading and inspiring others.
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