Mystery diner pays for family’s dinner, leaves encouraging note

September 3, 2013 2:25 pm 0 comments Views: 744



A family in Rowan County got an unexpected, and inspiring, note when they were out to dinner on Friday. A photo of the note is going viral.

Ashley England tells WBTV that she went to dinner with her family on Friday evening, including her 8-year-old son, Riley. The family was sitting at a table at the Stag n Doe, in China Grove when Riley, who has special needs, began to get “a little rowdy.”

“The past few weeks have been very hard and trying for us – especially with public outings,” England told WBTV. “Riley was getting loud and hitting the table and I know it was aggravating to some people.”

That’s when she says a waitress walked over to the table with tears in her eye and a note.

“I’ll try to do this without crying,” the waitress told the family. “But another customer has paid for your bill tonight and wanted me to give you this note.”

The note read: “God only gives special children to special people.”

England says the kindness of the mystery diner made her cry.

“To have someone do that small act towards us shows that some people absolutely understand what we are going through and how hard it is to face the public sometimes,” she said. “They made me cry, blessed me more than they know – I felt like out of all the rude negative comments that we are faced with – these outweighs them. The people who care!”

She says she wants to say thank you to the person that paid for their meal and sent the encouraging words.

“Little did he know what struggles we had been facing lately and this was surely needed at that moment,” she said. “Thank you!”

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