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Ruby Tuesday waitress who paid soldiers’ bills gets $10,000 for her kindness

By Mason White 2:36 PM October 20, 2013
Sarah Hoidahl gets $10,000 

By: Debbie Gross
(Scroll down for video) A waitress, who decided to pay two soldiers’ restaurant bills, received a $10,000 gift this week.

The New Hampshire waitress made headlines after she paid for lunch on behalf of two National Guard soldiers, who were affected by the federal government shutdown. Now, Ellen DeGeneres has repaid her over 300 times.

Sarah Hoidahl, a waitress in Concord, just wanted to do a good thing for the soldiers, so she paid for their lunch. It cost $27.75.

On Friday, DeGeneres gave her a check for $10,000.

An emotional Hoidahl buried her face in her hands and DeGeneres thanked her saying: “You’re a good person.”

DeGeneres also gave her a 50-inch TV.

As we reported earlier, A warm-hearted restaurant waitress wanted to do something good for National Guard members during these difficult times, so she decided to pay their restaurant bills.

A Ruby Tuesday waitress paid the bill for two National Guard members, who have been working without pay during a government shutdown.

The two women told waitress Sarah Hoidahl that they were watching their spending because they were furloughed due to the government shut down, and they are tight on money.

“I was kind of like, ‘I’m going to do a good deed today,’ and I wrote a little note,” Hoidahl said.

A note, which has been posted on the restaurant’s Facebook page, reads as follows.

Thanks to the government shut down the people like you that protect this country are not getting paid. However, I still am. Lunch is on me. Thank you for serving ladies. Have a good day. Sarah.