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Ellen gives $10,000 to Concord waitress for soldiers’ tab

Entertainer Ellen DeGeneres, left, with her wife Portia de Rossi, pose for photographers on the red carpet before DeGeneres receives the 15th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center, Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Entertainer Ellen DeGeneres, left, with her wife Portia de Rossi, pose for photographers on the red carpet before DeGeneres receives the 15th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center, Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Television star Ellen DeGeneres is a big tipper. A really, really big tipper.

Concord waitress Sarah Hoidahl just wanted to do a nice thing for two National Guard soldiers affected by the federal government’s shutdown, so she picked up their lunch recently. It cost her $27.75.

Yesterday, DeGeneres squared the tab and then some: Giving Hoidahl $27.75 in cash and a check for $10,000.

An emotional Hoidahl buried her face in her hands and thanked DeGeneres as the talk show host repeated, “You’re a good person.”

DeGeneres caught wind of Hoidahl’s act of kindness when the New Hampshire National Guard posted a picture on its Facebook page. The story spread quickly online, producers saw it and invited Hoidahl to Hollywood.

Ellen also gave her a 50-inch television.

Legacy Comments1

What a very kind thoughtful thing to do.

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