Waitress Gives Diners A Folded Note After Learning They Lost Everything

A waitress is being lauded for her act of kindness towards diners who had been through a tough situation. Even though Hurricane Harvey wrecked havoc on the Gulf Coast of Texas in the year 2017, the impact it has left on people was tremendous.

Posted by Tammy Sepeda on Thursday, September 7, 2017

Many thousands were left homeless and devastated by this terrible hurricane. Mary Gough, a waitress at Sam’s Restaurant in Fairfield, Texas, was waiting tables when she met Carlos Sepeda Jr. and his wife Tammy who had lost their home due to Harvey.

He penned their encounter on social media, “This is how I know Texas is great!” he wrote, saying that his mother-in-law took him and his wife to Sam’s Restaurant after the evacuation. “Our waitress who we had never met before waited on us and heard about our situation,” Sepeda said. “She handed my wife this paper, we did not look at it till we got to the parking lot.”

Posted by Carlos Sepeda Jr on Friday, August 24, 2018

Sepeda and his wife did not know what that the waitress had put a gift between the paper folds of the letter she had written to them, filled with encouraging and kind words.

“We opened the note to see a 100 dollar bill we walked back in to tell her we could not take her money,” Sepeda said. “Her reply was she had gone to the back and prayed on it and she refused to take the money back.”

This is how I know Texas is great! My mother in law took my wife and I to Sam’s restaurant in Fairfield, Tx after we…

Posted by Carlos Sepeda Jr on Monday, August 28, 2017

Gough’s note dripped of kindness as it read, “This isn’t much compared to your loss,” it read. “Buy you something special. God bless — my prayers are w/u. Mary.”

Gough even offered Sepeda and his wife a table and some chairs. So Sepeda decided to pay it back by inviting everybody around he knew to come to Sam’s Restaurant, ask for Mary and “tip her well and show Texas gratitude!”  He added, “This is what Texas pride is made of!”

Posted by Mary Gough on Monday, January 15, 2018

A year later still, the Sepedas still remembered Mary Gough and her act of kindness to them. “I don’t have Facebook I had no idea that it would be on Facebook,” Gough said. “That was just out of my heart and it made her feel better. I just knew I wanted to help somebody feel better, and I would do it again if I felt the need to.”

On Hurricane Harvey’s first year anniversary, Tammy Sepeda shared their viral story once again and thanked Gough for her compassion. “We couldn’t think of a better way to remember the 1 year anniversary of Harvey, than to remember Mary & what she did for us,” Tammy wrote on Facebook. “Thank you Mary Gough for everything you’ve done. Your kindness has changed our lives forever. God bless you!”

It is ordinary people like Mary Gough who are impacting the lives of other people by showering them with love and kindness. We all need to do our best to make this world a beautiful place to live in.

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