When a group of friends ate out Friday afternoon, little did they know that they were in for the surprise of a lifetime, one that left them speechless in person but hopeful that the following letter will serve the purpose of thanking a very thoughtful person:
“Dear Phil Anthropist,
This afternoon, a group of residents from St. Luke Lutheran Community in North Canton went out for an afternoon lunch at Longhorn Steakhouse on The Strip. After enjoying a delicious meal, great service and fine company, it only got better.
“The waitress brought the bill, and each person handed her payment for the lunch. It took an unusual amount of time for her to return with the change.
“What was more surprising was what she said when she finally returned. An anonymous person who had witnessed the group enjoying their outing pulled the waitress aside and generously paid for everyone’s meal. This philanthropic person asked the waitress to not reveal the good deed until he/she had left the restaurant. The waitress then proceeded to return the collected money and announced that the meals (totaling more than $200) had been paid for by a customer who wished to remain anonymous.
“It is our hope that this kind-hearted person will read this and know how much you are appreciated. Your gesture reaches far beyond your wallet. You have reached the hearts of St. Luke residents and family staff and volunteers as well as employees of Longhorn Steakhouse.
“We thank you for being a blessing to others (and for a wonderful lunch!).”
The letter is signed by Robert and Madonna Schering, Phillis Moore, Odane Brittsan, Jeannette Wetzel, Dorothalee and Bob Davis, Lee Willmore and Rachel Kepplinger.