A few years back, Ruth Reed and her husband made a very special New Year’s resolution. They work hard all year to keep it going.
Every week, the kind-hearted couple from New Jersey pick up a stranger’s tab at places like Wawa or Dunkin’. They’re especially interested in helping military men and women, but they’ll help out anyone who needs a hand.
One night, Ruth—a retired elementary school teacher and current substitute teacher—was standing in line at Wawa. She noticed the man in front of her struggling to pay for his items at the register. The man, who was standing in line with a woman, couldn’t get his credit card to process. He started asking around for $5.
That’s when Ruth saw her perfect opportunity to make good on her weekly deed. She stepped in and insisted on paying for the man’s coffee.
Taking a closer glance at his face, she realized he looked awfully familiar.