Heartwarming stories of support for our troops never get old and this one from TODAY News is simply beautiful.
Samantha Ford, whose army boyfriend Albert DeSimone is serving in Afghanistan, drives around Boston with a bumper sticker on her car that says, “1/2 my heart is in Afghanistan.”
When Ford came out of a Dunkin Donuts this past Sunday, she found an envelope with a note written on the back stuck under her windshield wiper. The note was signed from an anonymous veteran and inside the envelope was two $20 bills.
The note to Samantha read:
I noticed the sticker on the back of your car. Take your hero out to dinner when he comes home. Thank you both for serving. Him deployed and you for waiting. –United States veteran. God bless.
After she stopped crying and arrived home, Ford posted a picture of the note and money on a Facebook page called, “Our Deployment 101,” writing the following caption:
I just thought I would share with you all what happened to me today! Came out of Dunkin Donuts and found this under my windshield wiper. There are no words to describe how I’m feeling right now. Tears in my eyes. I just wish I could thank whoever did this! God bless our troops and all of those who stand behind them. ♥
TODAY reported the picture “spread like wildfire” with “more than 1.2 million likes and over 142,000 shares” by the next day.
The article also reported DeSimone’s reaction after he was told about the touching gift and sentiment:
It was crazy!!” Ford told TODAY.com via email. “He was so touched and he said it’s people like this that make him proud to be an American Soldier. We are forever grateful and we will DEFINITELY be paying it forward! God bless our troops!
Ford told TODAY “she hopes the photograph will draw attention and recognition to the nation’s service members.
“They are all heroes,” she said. “I just happen to be in love with one,” she said.