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After A Server Covered The Bill For Two Firefighters, They Helped Get A Van For Her Paralyzed Dad

Talk about paying it forward.

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Liz Woodward is a 24-year-old server at 130 Diner in Delran, New Jersey. She served a table of two exhausted firefighters last week who came in at 5:30 a.m. and asked for "the biggest cup of coffee they had," according to Today.

Realizing the men were exhausted, Woodward decided to cover their bill and left a note thanking them for their service.

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The note read:

"Your breakfast is on me today — Thank you for all that you do; for serving others & for running into the places everyone else runs away from. No matter your role, you are courageous, brave, and strong... Thank you for being bold and badass everyday! Fueled by fire and driven by courage — what an example you are. Get some rest."

Young was so moved by the gesture that he posted a photo of the note on Facebook and encouraged others to patronize the diner.

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The initial fundraising goal was $17,000, but with the firefighters' help, the campaign raised over $60,000. The two firefighters even went to Woodward's house to meet her family.

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Woodward told ABC affiliate WPVI-TV:

"All I did was pay for their breakfast, and I didn't think anything would come about it except they would leave with a smile.

"The message is to be kind to each other, to pay it forward when you can — that even the smallest gestures can change somebody's life."

BuzzFeed has reached out to Woodward for comment.

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