Generosity of Stranger Warms Hearts at Elim Village

The staff and residents at Elim Village recently sent in a wonderful letter to the editor of the Surrey Leader newspaper about a nice story of generosity. We thought it was worth sharing with everyone. Here is the letter in its entirety:


Dear Editor,

To the kind, generous and anonymous Boston Pizza guest:

On Thursday, July 9, your unexpected kind act made the day of several seniors and staff from Elim Village. [quote name=”Staff and Residents at Elim Village” pull=”right”]The server came to the group to tell them that their entire bill had already been paid[/quote]


The group had spent the afternoon on an exciting outing, traveling from Surrey to downtown Vancouver to see the sights, watch the production of The Lion King and share in a special meal together at the Boston Pizza on Lougheed Highway in Burnaby.

As the group sat down at their table to eat, they engaged in conversations about the day and the magnificent theatre show they had just enjoyed together, how they were having the perfect day, and how thankful they were to be able to participate in this special occasion.

As the meal came to an end, with residents and staff feeling full and happy with the wonderful day they had just had, something beautiful happened. The server came to the group to tell them that their entire bill had already been paid.

As the group stared at each other in disbelief, the server went on to explain that a very generous customer had already taken care of the bill, the entire bill. All of our resident and staff meals were paid for by a beautiful, generous stranger that night, and their gesture left everyone in a state of shock and awe at this amazing act of kindness.

elimthanksyouThe next day, the Elim community was buzzing with the amazing news of the previous day and how wonderful they felt knowing there are outstanding individuals, such as our Boston Pizza hero, living in the community and making a difference in the lives of others. You took our exciting and wonderful day and made it perfect.

So to you, anonymous friend, we thank you. We thank you for being kind, thoughtful and generous, and for filling our hearts with happiness.

You have made a difference and a positive impact in the lives of our seniors, and for that, we are forever grateful. We wish you happiness and health, and we hope you know how thankful we are to you.

To Boston Pizza, thank you for accommodating our group and playing a special role in our perfect day.

Residents and staff, Elim Village, Surrey

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