Deanna Feist and her hubby hit the road when forecasters broadcast that Hurricane Irma would cause quite a bit of devastation in a swath across Florida. The couple hail from Brandon, Florida, and in the hopes of staying safe, they decided to be far from it.
The newlywed couple trekked northward for a honeymoon and to escape Irma’s wrath. The hurricane was a category five — the strongest one observed in the Atlantic Ocean as far as maximum sustained winds.
When she was done, Hurricane Irma ended up leaving a path of destruction stretching from the Caribbean into the Keys. She was considered the most intense hurricane to hit the continental U.S. since Hurricane Katrina.
When Deanna and her husband decided that they were not going to stick around and ride this one out, they ended up in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee for a little vacation. Since they were a few states away from home, they panicked when their vehicle broke down.
They had picked The Old Mill restaurant for their lunch destination, but as they pulled into the parking lot, all of the lights on their car’s dashboard came on. The airbag lights, the tire pressure lights, everything lit up like a Christmas tree.
Her husband shut off the engine, but the vehicle wouldn’t start again. They asked a nice man in the vehicle next to them if he would jump-start their vehicle and Deanna reported he “happily helped us out.”
Meanwhile, Deanna ran inside to put their name on the wait list for a table. The eatery’s longtime manager, Mo Tamaddoni, had spied their predicament through the window and assured them he’d seat them quickly so they could speedily seek help for their vehicle.
The couple was quickly seated and their lunch arrived awfully fast. But as they finished up eating and were ready to pay the bill, the waitress placed a strange envelope on their table — not the bill.
Deanna later wrote on Facebook:
“(She) said it was from the manager, and that our meals were on the house. Inside was a voucher for free meals, $200 cash and a letter.”
Both of them were floored. Not only was the treat of a complimentary dinner a wonderful surprise, as was the voucher, but they were blown away by the gift of $200.
The letter read:
“You are probably here to escape the Hurricane Irma. My brother lives in Tallahassee, Florida. I am saddened to see such devastation in this beautiful state. I hope everything will turn out okay for you guys. Enclosed please accept my gift to you in case you need to buy a battery for your car. Also, I am enclosing a meal ticket so you can come back to eat here. Good luck and thanks for visiting my restaurant.”
Deanna and her husband couldn’t believe this exceptionally generous gift from a complete stranger so far from home. She felt compelled to share it on Facebook and let everyone know that “there are still good people out there.”
“This act of selflessness and generosity has touched my heart … I promise I will pay it forward! This man is a Godsend!”
What a wonderful thing Mo did for the young couple far from home! Since Deanna posted her story on Facebook it’s been shared more than 28,000 times.