Twenty-five students and 21 staff members were celebrating both Cinco de Mayo a day late and National Teacher Appreciation Day at the Jose Tejas Restaurant in Woodbridge, NJ. After their meal, the manager came over and said that an anonymous person paid the $485 tab, according to MyCentralJersey.com.
"At the end of our meal, the manager came over and told us our entire $485 bill was paid for by a fellow patron, and she chooses to remain anonymous because she told the manager she has a grandchild with special needs. ... She wanted to show her appreciation to us on Teacher Appreciation Day," said teacher Jeannette Gruskowski, who has worked at the school since 2005.
"Nobody's ever done such a generous, anonymous thing like that," Gruskowski said. The students were told they could use the money for another trip and a letter describing the generous gift went home to their parents.
The staff and students don't have a way to directly thank their anonymous benefactor, so they did the next best thing. They put together a giant thank you letter addressed to "Dear Kindhearted Samaritan" and hoped to hang it at the restaurant in case the person returned and was able to see it. Gruskowski told MyCentralJersey, "We'd like to thank her and give her a hug and let her know how much it meant."