AN army girlfriend has been overwhelmed by the kindness of a stranger after a random act of appreciation.
An anonymous do-gooder left a kind note and $40 on the windshield
of a serviceman’s loved one in a Dunkin' Donuts parking lot on Sunday.
Ford emerged from the donut store to find a hand-written note on the
back of a white envelope with two $20 bills inside.
Overwhelmed with emotion, she shared the gesture on Facebook.
"I just thought I would share with you all what happened to me today!" she wrote.
"Came out of Dunkin Donuts and found this under my windshield wiper.
"There are no words to describe how I'm feeling right now.
"Tears in my eyes.
"I just wish I could thank whoever did this!
"God bless our troops and all of those who stand behind them."
The mother-of-two, who lives outside of Boston, shared a photo of the note and the cash on the Facebook page
"Our Deployment: 101".
"I noticed the sticker on the back of your car," it said, referring to a "Half my Heart is in Afghanistan" bumper sticker.
"Take your hero out to dinner when he comes home.
"Thank you both for serving.
"Him deployed and you for waiting."
It was signed "United States veteran" and "God Bless."
original post has been "liked" more than 1,700,000, has been shared
almost 220,000 times and has attracted about 50,000 comments.
"It was crazy!!" Ford said in an email to TODAY.com.
She said she had told her boyfriend about the gesture.
"He was so touched, and he said it's people like this that make him proud to be an American Soldier," she said.
"We are forever grateful and we will DEFINITELY be paying it forward! God bless our troops!"
to TODAY.com, her deployed boyfriend, Albert DeSimone, is assigned to
the 2nd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 1st Armor Brigade Combat Team,
3rd Infantry Division based in Fort Stewart, Georgia.
Ford also said she hopes the photo will inspire others to appreciate the country's military.
"They are all heroes," she said.
"I just happen to be in love with one."