It’s a feel-good story all around. New Hampshire waitress Sarah Hoidahl recently picked up the $27 tab of two furloughed National Guard soldiers who sat in her section at the Concord Ruby Tuesday’s.

The single mom’s story went viral after the New Hampshire National Guard posted a picture of Sarah and her note on Facebook. The note reads: “Thanks to the government shutdown the people like you that protect this country are not getting paid, however I still am. Lunch is on me thank you for serving, ladies! Have a good day!”

“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” wanted to show its appreciation for Sarah, so host Ellen DeGeneres gave the single mom $10,000 and a new TV (Sarah’s is broken), much to Sarah’s shock. Ellen also paid her $27 in cash to cover the cost of the bill, since that night, Sarah only took home $8 in tips.

After, Sarah says through tears, “Thank you so much.”

Posted by:Andrea Reiher

TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."