Couple received small gift from waiter after losing everything in Hurricane Harvey

Rebelander Basilan
May 25, 2018
05:01 P.M.
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Carlos Sepeda Jr. and his wife Tammy got a $100 bill from the waitress after learning they're Harvey victims.


On August 29, 2017, Carlos took to Facebook to share an experience when their family was given a tip by the waitress after their meal.

He wrote: 'This is how I know Texas is great!'

In 2017, the Sepeda family had their home seriously damaged by Hurricane Harvey. To escape the storm, the family went to the house of Tammy’s mother, Jill Jones.

Jill took them for some food at Sam’s Restaurant in Fairfield, east of Waco.

While they were eating dinner, they also chatted with their waitress, Mary Gough.


The family explained that they had sustained massive damage to their home in the hurricane.

Mary sympathized with the family's situation, having seen the story of the devastating storm unfold on the news. The friendly waitress immediately decided to help.

Mary handed Tammy a folded note when the family finished their meal and were on their way out the door.

Once the family was out in the parking lot. They took a look at the note and were obviously stunned by Mary's gesture.

The note read: 'This isn't much compared to your loss. Buy you something special. God bless - my prayers are w/u.'


Mary had also included a $100 bill inside the note.

'We opened the note to see a 100 dollar bill we walked back in to tell her we could not take her money,' Carlos wrote.

But Mary told them she had gone to the back and prayed on it. The waitress then refused to take the money back. She even offered the couple a table and some chairs if they needed them.

'My friends and family if you are in Fairfield make sure to stop by Sam's restaurant and see Mary, tip her well and show Texas gratitude! This is what Texas pride is made of!' he concluded.

Since Carlos shared this story about the waitress who went above and beyond to help his family, it has been shared more than 29,000 times.

For more information and photos of the devastation, please visit their GoFundMe page.