The Note This Waitress Slipped Her Customers Is The Best Example Of Texas Kindness

"I just knew I wanted to help somebody feel better, and I would do it again if I felt the need to."

Carlos Sepeda Jr. and his family lost everything when Hurricane Harvey hit the Houston area last month, and after evacuating their home, they went to stay with Sepeda's mother-in-law, who took the family for some food at Sam's Restaurant in Fairfield, east of Waco, Texas. What started as an ordinary meal soon morphed into a lesson about compassion and generosity of the human spirit — one we should continue to keep in mind as portions of the United States and the Caribbean continue to recover from a brutal hurricane season.

According to a post attributed to Mr. Sepeda Jr. on the Love What Matters Facebook page, the Sepeda family's waitress at Sam's, Mary Gough, heard of their plight and wanted to do something to help. In an act of generosity, Gough (who didn't know the Sepedas) reportedly handed Carlos's wife a note before the family left the restaurant. Though the family didn't open it until they reached the parking lot, they soon realized Gough had given them $100 and an encouraging message along with it.

"This isn't much compared to your loss," Gough wrote. "Buy you something special. God bless - my prayers are with you."



Even after the family told Gough they couldn't take her money, she insisted. "Her reply was she had gone to the back and prayed on it and she refused to take the money back," Sepeda Jr. wrote. "She then offered us a table a chairs if we needed them." 

Though Gough wouldn't take the money back, Sepeda Jr. did what he could to make sure her kindness was recognized and rewarded. "My friends and family if you are in Fairfield make sure to stop by Sam's restaurant and see Mary, tip her well and show Texas gratitude!" he concluded in the Facebook post. "This is what Texas pride is made of!"

Gough told DallasNews.com that her gesture was motivated by a desire to lift someone's spirit. "I don't have Facebook. I had no idea that it would be on Facebook; that was just out of my heart and it made her feel better," she explained. "I just knew I wanted to help somebody feel better, and I would do it again if I felt the need to."

This is just one of the many acts of care we have witnessed in Texas and Florida in the aftermath of hurricanes Harvey and Irma. And while those areas have both received an outpouring of support (and will continue to need it for months and years to come) our fellow citizens in Puerto Rico could now use our help as well.

Hurricane Maria all but destroyed the U.S. territory earlier this month, and though aid has been slowly trickling in, there's much more still to be done. According to CNN, the island has no gas, food, or power, and residents are fearing for their safety.

If you would like to help Puerto Rico recover, consider donating to United for Puerto Rico. The initiative is being spearheaded by the First Lady of Puerto Rico, Beatriz Rosselló, and has already received support from private corporations such as Walmart, Burger King, and Bacardi. And just like they did after Hurricane Harvey, all five of the living former U.S. presidents — Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama — have announced a fundraising campaign for Puerto Rico disaster relief. To donate, click here.

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