Talk show host star Ellen DeGeneres gave $10,000 to a New Hampshire waitress who picked up the lunch tab of two National Guard soldiers affected by the government shutdown. According to the Daily News, the television mogul returned waitress Sarah Hoidahl’s money times 300 when she caught wind of the good deed Hoidahl did on that faithful afternoon.
Hoidahl, a waitress in Concord, New Hampshire wanted to do a nice thing for the affected National Guard soldiers, so she paid for their lunch, which cost $27.75. On Friday Oct. 16, DeGeneres gave Hoidahl her $27.75 back in cash in addition to a check for $10,000. Ellen reassured Hoidahl repeatedly by saying “You’re a good person” as Hoidahl was thanking her.
Hoidahl’s good deed was reported on the New Hampshire National Guard’s Facebook page which eventually went viral and reached DeGeneres. As the story quickly spread, producers of the "Ellen" show invited Hoidahl to Hollywood where she met DeGeneres. People later reported, in addition to the reimbursement and the extra $10,000, she also gifted Hoidahl with a 50-inch television set.
Watch the full video of the touching meeting: