Sarah Ebeling | Editor
If you are on social media, it’s no doubt you have seen the viral videos of deserving restaurant wait staff receiving large tips from their customers this Christmas season. After the videos started showing up on some social media feeds, an anonymous group of women, who all have ties to Parker, decided they wanted in on the action.
The group, who was out spreading cheer last week, called themselves the Dining Dozen Blessing. Armed with $100 each, the 12 women took off for smaller, less known places to bless someone.
The women decided to stop at three different establishments so that they could bless three different individuals. They noted that at the first two stops, they each placed $25 into a Christmas card, but when they stopped for supper, each placed $50 in the card.
One of the women explained how the evening panned out. She noted they started at the Gaslight, their bill was about $35 and one of the women of the group paid the bill, so the waitress ended up with a $300 tip. At 38 Roadhouse, the bill was $28 and so, again, $25 from each was put into a card.
“The first two places most of the group had never visited prior to the evening. I think it’s safe to say, most of us will be revisiting these places in the future, as our waitresses were over the top friendly and accommodating to a group of new faces,” said one of the gift givers.
She continued, “We ate dinner at O’Toole’s in Tea. We each ordered off the menu, our bill was a little over $200. We each put $50 into a Christmas card and our bill was paid, leaving the waitress almost a $400 tip. A few also gave a generous tip to the bar maid that was working that evening.”
One of the attendees explained that they all signed the cards with their first names and wrote a Christmas wish from the group. “We put our money in it as we visited and such at each place. We also visited with our waitress at each place to find out a little more about her story. Each one’s story was so different and touched us,” she said.
Everyone said that the best part of the night was giving to others, seeing the reaction and how meaningful it was.
“It just feels so much better to give than to receive,” one woman said. “Each one had a different reaction, but it was evident that all of them were touched. The first was almost instant tears and feeling overwhelmed and blessed – which was very cool to see and be part of – especially since it was our first stop.”
Said another, “We hadn’t planned on waiting for the waiter/waitress to open the envelope, but they all asked if they could open the card while still at our table. It was a real blessing to see their expressions and some tears in their eyes and our eyes too.”
As the group continued to bless others, going from location to location, one woman said, “I think blessing someone that is not expecting it and without any reason makes your heart feel really good! The feeling I went home with is definitely the best part!”
One member of the group said she wasn’t nervous about the evening, but instead excited.
“Prior to our night of blessing, I prayed that we would be given wait staff that was in need of an extra blessing this holiday season. I definitely felt prayers were answered that evening, as each individual shared with us.”
She continued, “We went to spread blessings to others, but we got so much more — we all felt deeply rewarded and our hearts went home filled with joy. It was wonderful to share this event with some very special ladies. We all decided that you will see more of the Dining Dozen Blessing group in action in the future!”
As for why they did this, one of the women said that it was because of her uncle. He had left her some money when he passed away.
“He believed in silently helping others, and I use that money for this type of occasion to keep his legacy alive. The best part of the night was honoring what he would have done to help someone have a brighter day. The other best part was spending an evening with great women and getting to connect with someone new.”
She explained her thoughts on the evening and the event, “Scatter kindness always. Not just in a monetary or material way, but with words and services too. Do it when people are looking, when people are not looking (especially when people are not looking), when you don’t feel like it, when you are feeling your best, scatter kindness always, because the ripple effect changes lives.”