No tip was needed for this waitress to give a frequent guest the gift of life.
Georgia resident Mariana Villareal donated a kidney to Donald Thomas, a frequent customer she’s known for only three months on the job at Hooters, 11 Alive reports.
“Mariana had only been here a short time,” Thomas said. “I just barely knew her when she made the offer.”
The plight of Thomas, a Vietnam War veteran, touched Villareal. Her grandmother was suffering from kidney failure.
“I wasn’t able to help her and it will forever be in my heart,” she wrote in a post on Instagram. “My higher calling maybe wasn’t for my grandma, but for a complete stranger.”
The surgery went well and both Thomas and Villareal were discharged Monday.