Serving is hard work, but it’s always nice when a customer recognizes your performance with a good tip.
But most tips aren’t usually inspired by the death of a two year-old boy.
In 2012, Rees Specht accidentally drowned in a backyard pond while his family prepared their house for Hurricane Sandy.

After their son’s tragic death, Richard and Samantha Specht established the Rees Specht Life movement. Its mission is to pay kind acts forward to honor Rees’s memory.

One day, an anonymous customer ate a meal at a New York City restaurant and left his server a massive tip inspired by the movement.

The bill came to $43.50, but he left a $3,000 tip.

Look at this amazing act of kindness that puts us at a loss for words as to what our little boy's story is inspiring…

Posted by Cultivate Kindness: The ReesSpecht Life Foundation on Thursday, 23 April 2015

On the back of the receipt, the diner left a note:

Thank you for your kindness and humility. My teacher in middle school had such a difficult experience a few years ago, which has sparked me to do this. My only requirements are:

1.) Go to and learn!

2.) Don’t let “Pay it forward” end with you.

3.) Since it’s about the idea and not about you, or me, if you decide to share this, don’t use either or our names!

Thank you for being around for all of my shows on and off Broadway. I hope that someday someone gives as much love and happiness into the world as you do.

Watch the full story in the video down below!