A family in China Grove, N.C., was in for a surprise when they dined at Stag n Doe Pizza House on Friday. A mystery customer who was eating at the same establishment paid for the England family's dinner and left a note that is now going viral. It read, "God only gives special children to special people."
In an interview with WBTV-TV, Ashley England explained that her 8-year-old son, Riley, has special needs. The mother noted that he got rowdy during the dinner, as he has apparently had trouble in public lately.
The note that was left for the England family by a generous mystery customer (Photo Credit: WBTV-TV)
"The past few weeks have been very hard and trying for us, especially with public outings," England said. "Riley was getting loud and hitting the table and I know it was aggravating to some people."
While some of the patrons were surely unsettled and frustrated by her son's actions, at least one person showed immense compassion.
After the boy acted out, a waitress, who was tearing up, approached the family with the touching note from the mystery customer. She explained that the person had paid for the family's meal and that he or she wanted the note delivered.
Eight-year-old Riley England (Photo Credit: WBTV-TV)
England, too, cried when she received the note and considered the charitable act. While she wishes she could thank the generous individual, the person's identity remains a mystery. The pick-me-up was something the mother said was much-needed, considering the issues the family has had of late.
"To have someone do that small act towards us shows that some people absolutely understand what we are going through and how hard it is to face the public sometimes," she explained, going on to express gratitude for the people who care and understand. "They made me cry, blessed me more than they know -- I felt like out of all the rude negative comments that we are faced with -- these outweighs them."
The note, which is going viral, proves that a kind gesture can go a long way. In a world that is all-too-often filled with callousness, the mystery diner's actions show the power that compassion can have to help sustain and build up one's fellow man.