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(NECN: Lauren Collins, Concord, N.H.) - It's not uncommon for soldiers to stop into Concord's Ruby Tuesday. The New Hampshire National Guard headquarters are nearby and there's a recruiting station down the street.
"We do get soldiers in here quite often, usually they come on their lunch breaks, but I had never these two particular ladies before."
The ladies at Sarah Hoidahl's table were looking to keep it light Wednesday afternoon, explaining that money was tight because they'd been furloughed. When it came time to bring them the bill, "I was kind of like, 'I'm gonna do a good deed today.' And I wrote them a little note," she recounted Thursday.
That note read "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!"
"They were so happy and that was worth it," said Hoidahl. "Just seeing the reaction on their face was totally worth it."
Hoidahl never mentioned this and neither did the soldiers, but her manager's mother-in-law just happens to be a chief warrant officer with the National Guard. She saw a picture of the note Wednesday night.
"I was excited to come in this morning and tell General Reddel, my leadership, as well as the public affairs officer," said Command Chief Warrant Officer Diane Baxter. "Look right here in Concord we have some really good young people still recognizing us for what we do."
Major General Bill Reddell doesn't know if the two soldiers do in fact work for the National Guard or what their furlough status might have been. The sentiment, though, is the same.
"Thanks. We know you're a single mom. You didn't have to do this, and it's just unbelievable what you did. So, thank you."
More than 10,000 people have already read and shared the story on the guard's social media pages, a sign that a small act of kindness can go a long way.