This Waitress Is Blown Away By Customer’s Tip

She works two jobs to keep her kids fed, clothed, and sheltered, serving at Denny’s while working a second shift at a local nursing home when she isn’t waiting tables. On top of that, she’s back at school, working to get her degree.

Already stretched incredibly thin, the mom was devastated when her car got towed just ahead of the Christmas holidays.

For single mom Trisha Murphy, the holidays looked like they were going to be particularly stressful this year. Then, she got a miracle delivered in the form of a kind stranger sitting at one of her tables at work.

Already stretched incredibly thin, the mom was devastated when her car got towed just ahead of the Christmas holidays.

The $735 bill for the tow wiped her out, leaving her short on funds and desperately searching for a way to make Christmas happen for her kids after all.

When she walked into her shift at Denny’s one day, her heart sank. Already contemplating what other jobs she could work to raise the money she needed for presents, the sparsely populated restaurant floor gave her little hope that she’d be walking away with much that day at all.

“I racked my brain,” she said, “as to how I was going to pull this off.”

Knowing she had a job to do, she bit her tongue and put a smile on her face.

One of her few customers, she wrote later, was a table of three men. They weren’t overly well-dressed, and looked a bit grungy; while she was polite and friendly, she expected them to be “average” tippers.

The conversation eventually turned to the upcoming holiday.

Murphy tried not to be a Grinch but admitted that she was only invested in the holiday for her children. As much as she worked at it, she couldn’t hide her stress from her voice as she talked about how things were going to go this year.

One of the men joked that he was Santa—and although Murphy initially thought he may have been trying to get friendly, she realized his true motives when the bill came.

Normally, Denny’s customers bring their receipts up to the hostess stand to check out, but the man was adamant that Murphy be the one to cash him out.

Confused, she went to close out the bill—then broke down when she realized that he’d tipped her $500.

“Merry Christmas, my dear,” he told her on his way out.

“I don’t know this man’s name, but I hope he realizes that he literally saved Christmas for my children … Yesterday was the day I met Santa!”

She couldn’t believe what her eyes were seeing when she read the bill. As it sank in, she realized—the man hadn’t been joking about being Santa at all as far as she was concerned. Her holiday had been saved—and it was all thanks to him.

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