Riley England Receives Special Gift From Stranger in North Carolina Restaurant

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One family that was eating in a North Carolina diner got a major surprise from a stranger on Friday evening. The England family, including mother Ashley, father Jason and Logan and Riley England, 4 and 8, were the beneficiaries of a stranger’s kindness when an anonymous patron paid the bill for the family and wrote a special note to them.

The England’s son, Riley, is a special needs kid. He got frustrated when he coudn’t get a phone to work properly and that, combined with his hunger, was making him cranky. Riley doesn’t communicate verbally, which makes it hard for him to express his needs effectively. He suffers from epilepsy. The family was also dining with grandparents and great-grandparents. This very likely makes it extremely difficult for the family to go out, especially if their child is having a bad day and other patrons get angry because their meal is being interrupted. But what happened next was completely unexpected for the family.

Ashley, Jason, Logan & Riley England Received A Special Note

As one waitress brought the food to their table another waitress approached with a note that said “God only gives special children to special people.” The waitress also informed them that their meal had been paid for by the anonymous diner or diners. Ashley England said that the note brought tears to her eyes. “I just broke down, the past month has just been so hard,” England told CNN. Instead of someone getting angry and complaining, someone understood just how difficult it must be for them to eat out, and they gave the family a memory that they wont’ soon forget.

Ashley England’s Facebook page had an updated message on Friday night. It read: “Dear stranger, thank you for giving me a blessing tonight in a way you will never know.” England says that she will be going back to the restaurant on Wednesday, September 4th to see if she can find the stranger and thank him personally.

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