Ellen DeGeneres Brings Good Deed Waitress to Tears with Amazing Gift (VIDEO)

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They say no good deed goes unpunished, but in the case of Sarah Hoidahl, the 22-year-old Ruby Tuesdays waitress who performed a good deed by paying the $22 lunch check of two soldiers who had been furloughed during the government shutdown, the rewards for her good deed just keep on coming. First, Sarah was invited onto the Ellen DeGeneres Show a few weeks back, where Ellen not only repaid her the $22 -- but threw in a check for $10,000. However, when Ellen got wind that Sarah planned to spend the money to fix the broken-down car that she and her mother share, well, she wasn't going to let that happen!

Ellen's cameras snuck up on Sarah at a New Hampshire Ruby Tuesdays, where she thought she was being interviewed by a local station. But she was soon handed a phone and Ellen got on the horn. "Oh my god, I can't believe it's you!" Sarah cried, overwhelmed from hearing from the generous talk show host again, who by now surely must be her best friend.

Ellen asked how she planned to spend the $10,000 "tip" she'd been given awhile back, and Sarah confessed it was going into the car she shared with her mom, who uses it to drop Sarah's son off at daycare while Sarah is left to hitch a ride with her friends to work, even when they have days off.

"It gets us from point A to point B so we're doing good," Sarah sheepishly confessed.

Ellen then broke out her big purse and began fumbling around inside of it. "Last time you were here, I needed to give you something that I -- that's right, I don't have it."

She then called in a staff member, who walked into the restaurant and handed Sarah a pair of keys. "Those are keys to your brand new car!" Ellen informed her as Sarah broke down in hysterical happy tears.

Soon, the kind waitress was sitting behind the wheel of her brand spanking new red Santa Fe Sport. And bawling like a toddler faced with a mountain of Christmas gifts.

Awww. Good deeds do pay off. Especially if you've got a pal like Ellen.

Have you ever had a good deed go rewarded?



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cmjaz cmjaz

I love ellen. Shes truly generous and kind spirit

Momm2... Momm2threeboyz

No, but I don't expect any rewards for good deeds. It's my way of helping who/when I can. The reward I prefer is knowing I was able to help!

nonmember avatar mike spaulding

ok. enough all ready, 2wks before this girl ever thought of buying these guy's chow , my wife and I, did the same thing at the Northwood dinner in Northwood NH, im sure so have a lot of other people have as well, this may be just alil much.

Sara Cunningham

I'm so glad that a gift like this went to someone who could both use and appreciate it, who has such a kind spirit.

Carol DeRenzo Pearson

It soothes my soul that people like Ellen exist.  I can't do anything like this, but I feel the lack of ability, and bless Ellen for being in touch with HER soul.  All I can do is say thank you, and that I hope other people step up to the plate, remembering what it is to be human.

nonmember avatar kokina

hi Ellen DeGeneres I watched your show time to time appreciate it so much god bless you helping a lot of people also when you dancing you make me dancing you make me laugh you make me happy

can you make me more happy I believe you do please i want to be one of them 14 days give way days lucky person bye I love you !!!!!


Miles Howard

Enough already. Of course I'm happy for the waitress (who wouldn't be?) but still, this whole thing is starting to reek of a calculated publicity stunt for Ellen. Classic case of the 1% being philanthropic in the flashiest, most self-aggrandizing way possible. I know I'm going to get burned for this, but the existence of people with the absolutely ridiculous magnitude of money that Ellen currently enjoys are the reason why so many of our soldiers, public servants, and waitresses are struggling to survive.

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