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“It restored my faith in humanity:” Down on her luck, waitress gets tip of a lifetime in time for Christmas

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(CNN) — A waitress down on her luck got the tip of a lifetime — just in time for the holidays.

It’s not uncommon for people to be a little more generous during the holidays, but a tip that Cindi Grady received couldn’t have come at a better time.

“I was into a spot where I was, I dunno, depressed. It’s like just feeling like nobody cares, you know, and it’s very different now,” Grady said.

Grady says she loves her job waiting tables at Cracker Barrel in Branson, Missouri, but she says getting there was a problem.

“It runs pretty good, it’s just the cosmetic work on it that’s just falling apart. The deer really got to it,” Grady said of her vehicle.

Little did Grady know, some regulars at the restaurant, a couple from Arkansas had noticed Grady’s car in the parking lot a few months back.

“I thought it was abandoned actually. It looked in such bad shape. Come back the next trip and that car was still sitting in the parking lot,” Gary Tackett said.

Tackett and his wife had only met Cindi Grady in passing, so they started asking around the restaurant about the car’s owner. They soon learned the vehicle belonged to an employee.

“I talked to my wife and said ‘you know, something needs to be done,'” Gary Tackett said.

Just a few weeks before Christmas, the Tacketts made their way back to the restaurant, and after being waited on by Grady, they decided to give her the tip of a lifetime. Their daughter recorded video on her phone that has gone viral on Facebook.

The Tacketts say they never wanted the attention. They simply wanted to take care of someone because they can.

“It’s all about what’s in your heart. I know Cindi said it was her best Christmas ever, and I can assure you it’s ours,” Tackett said.

“It restored my faith in humanity, and everyone I talked to says the same thing,” Grady said.

While the Tacketts’ gift may be what catches people’s attention, Grady says she hopes those who see the story take away something else.

“There are good people in this world that are watching that care, you know? And you may not even know them,” Grady said.