Waitress Shocked By Customer's Generosity, Then Pays It Forward

A mother who works three jobs to support her children was shocked when some kind customers left her a huge tip. The customers told her to spend the money on the children. Instead of just using the money for her own kids, though, she donated it to a cause that will benefit all the kids in her neighborhood.

Anna Hofstetter is a 30-year-old single mother of two. Like most single mothers, she struggles to make ends meet. She currently works three jobs trying to support the kids.

While at one part-time job at the Hotel Nashville in Nashville, Indiana on July 31, a couple came in to celebrate their seven year anniversary. The couple were married at the hotel, so it was a special place for them.

The dining room was slow that day, and Hofstetter got to talking to the couple. As they were shooting the breeze, she mentioned her kids and her jobs, but she never expected anything from them.

After the couple shared their meal, Hofstetter brought over the check for $32.40. When she went to retrieve it, she was dumbfounded. The couple had written '$1,000' on the tip line, for a grand total of $1,032.40. They added 'xoxo' and a heart, then wrote, "Give something for the kids."

Needless to say, the waitress was completely shocked. "I said, "thank you so much. You have no idea how much this means to me," Hofstetter said to Fox 59 News.

The mom then thought about how she could spend the money. She thought about paying off some student loan debts, starting college funds for the kids, and giving them extra-special birthdays this year.

When you are struggling as a single parent, a thousand dollars can do a lot, but Hofstetter wanted to do equally for others. Ultimately, she decided to share it all with the children of her neighborhood.

There is a fundraiser going on for a skate park project in Hofstetter's town.

"For generations, Brown County Teens have felt a void from lack of public space," reads a note from fundraisers.

"We've always discussed ideas to make our quaint tourist town more inviting and supportive of young adults who live here. We dreamed about an outdoor space created to meet the needs of teens, based on their ideas and suggestions. The idea that has come up the most often? A skate park, surrounded by conversation areas and other features that would engage older kids in a safe place."

The caring mom decided to donate the entire $1,000 to the project.

"It is for my kids, my personal children, but it's also for all the kids in the community," she said. "This money was intended for something significant."

The $1,000 goes a long way, but there is still a long way to go. The organizers for the skate park have until September 22 to raise $50,000. If they can do that, they can get a grant that would double their money, giving the town $100,000 toward the park renovations.

Thus far, with Hofstetter's money, they have raised over $16,000. They are continuing the fundraiser on Patronicity.com for the 'Kids on Wheels: Brown County Skate Park' campaign.

Source: Dailymail
Photos: Fox 59 Screenshot

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