Ellen DeGeneres gave a New Hampshire waitress a $10,000 check to thank her for paying the lunch tab for two soldiers. Fox News reports on Oct. 19 that DeGeneres thanked Sarah Hoidahl with several gifts. In addition to the check, the talk show host gave the waitress a 50-inch television.
Hoidahl worked at a Ruby Tuesday and decided to thank two National Guard soldiers by paying for their lunch. The waitress used her own money to cover their $27.75 lunch tab. She made national headlines with her generosity since this occurred during the government shutdown, and the two women were furloughed.
DeGeneres decided to return the favor by bringing Hoidahl to her show and paying her back. She gave her $27.75 in cash and a separate $10,000 check. She also provided the waitress with a new 50-inch television. Hoidahl was not expecting the generous presents and started crying on the show. The 22-year-old is a single mom and is still living at home while working.
The Concord Ruby Tuesday posted a photo on Facebook of the note the waitress left for the two soldiers. The popular chain thanked Hoidahl and shared it was proud of her. Others have also left positive comments for the waitress on the Facebook page. DeGeneres’ show stated she was an inspiration and a good example of kindness.