Trisha Murphy had one of those mornings. Worse, it was a Saturday.

Murphy’s car was towed, and she had to get to her second job as a waitress. The mother of four was also painfully aware Christmas was just days away, leaving her to figure out how she was going to pay for everything.

On top of that, she also had to go to her job at Denny’s and her job at a nursing home, plus find the time to study for nursing school — all while balancing the regular demands of being a single mother.

As Murphy wrote in a post on Facebook:

Yesterday morning, I was so stressed I could barely function…

Murphy thought about how she might be able to earn the $735 needed to get her car back and start her Christmas shopping:

I went into work, racking my brain as to how I was going to pull this off. I can pick up a couple extra shifts and do some odd jobs. That would mean I’d have to pay extra for a sitter though. I couldn’t even concentrate at work.

Murphy’s shift wasn’t providing any sense of financial relief either, as the restaurant was “terribly dead.” Except for the three men seated in Murphy’s section.

As she explained, even though they looked a little worse for wear, she hoped they would leave a decent tip:

They all looked a little grungy and judging by their demeanor, I figured a average tip.

With a smile “painted” on to hide her despair, Murphy tended to her customers. Talk of Christmas led to the oldest man in the group suggesting he’d come play Santa for Murphy’s children, giving the waitress pause:

I (like every other waitress) led him to believe I was married and kept on with pleasant, yet safely distant, conversation.

Then came time for the bill. The eldest man asked Murphy to cash him out. Although she said the hostess would be able to assist him, the man insisted Murphy be the one to run his bill:

He insisted I go to the register and cash him out. I thought it a little odd, but obliged anyway. When he put his card in, he had a huge, ear to ear, smile. The receipt printed and I almost collapsed!

Including on the receipt for $35.64 worth of zesty nachos, pot roast, and crazy spicy skillet was a $500 tip:

“Merry Christmas, dear,” the man told her, before he “danced” out of the restaurant.

As Murphy wrote:

I don’t know this man’s name, but I hope he realizes that he literally saved Christmas for my children and I! Good people do still exist.

“Yesterday was the day I met Santa!”

Commenters were overjoyed by Murphy’s tale ahead of the Christmas season.

One of them wrote: “This made me cry!!!! What an awesome story proves there are still good people out there.” As another said: “That’s great and good people still exist. MERRY CHRISTMAS!”

“Fantastic. Angels are everywhere,” one commenter said, while another added: “Love hearing stories like this ♡♡ So need more people like him in the world!!! Merry Christmas!!!”

Still another wrote: “Now that’s the true spirit of the holiday❤️?.”

The true spirit of the holiday, indeed.

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