A pregnant Waffle House waitress in Stockbridge didn’t expect that what she thought a normal and regular day of her life would become the most unforgettable moment not just for her but for the Waffle House owner too.
Hannah Hill was thankful after she received a huge tip from Bishop Eusebio Phelps, a local pastor at New Faith Christian Church. This happened after Phelps went into the Waffle House to pick up his breakfast; he generously gave Hannah a $4 tip that made to the young woman’s surprise.
According to the Bishop “She was so nice over the telephone, and when I got there, I paid for my food and I told her to keep the change, and then when I looked at her, I asked if she was pregnant — she said yes, so, at that time, I was just really urged to give her the rest of the money that I had in my wallet, which was around $40,” he added, but he’d soon be compelled to do even more.
Phelps explained, “I gave her the $40, and I told her that I just wanted to be able to bless her so that she could buy something for the baby.” He couldn’t remove the young waitress and her unborn child from his mind, especially after he learned that the name that Hannah intended to give her unborn son
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After thanking Phelps for the generous tip, a gracious Hannah said she planned to name her baby Samual, which just so happened to be the name of Phelps’ son, who died in Atlanta seven years prior. With the anniversary of his son’s death approaching, this revelation struck a particularly bittersweet chord with Phelps.
Although Hannah was already extremely appreciative of Phelps’ gesture, the pastor felt compelled to do something more, so he went home and devised a plan with his wife without Hannah’s knowledge. In fact, she would have no idea what the man had done until she received a call, telling her that she needed to get down to the Waffle House quickly.
After receiving a phone call from her mother-in-law, telling her to get down to the restaurant right away, Hannah arrived at the Waffle House where she was greeted by Phelps and other customers who were ready to present her with another surprise — a check for more than $12,000, which the pastor had raised for her.
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“I went home, I told my wife what happened,” Phelps said, recalling what occurred after first meeting Hannah. “I was like, ‘Listen, I wanna raise a thousand dollars to give to Hannah so she can buy whatever she needs for the baby,” he added, and he set out to complete that mission, never imagining it would become much bigger than he had ever hoped.
After taking to Facebook to reveal his plan to help the needy mom, the generous pastor’s post generated more than $12,00o in donations from the community. Unbeknownst to the pastor or those who contributed, it was the answer to prayers that Hannah had been praying. With one child already, the young mom had serious concerns about what life would be like when the new baby arrived and was “really stressing.”
“I had a lot going on, and I don’t really pray that often,” she told WXIA. “I’m not necessarily that religious, I wasn’t really raised in the church, don’t go to church a lot, haven’t cracked open a Bible in forever. But lately, I have been praying.
“I’ve been really stressing lately… I’ve been worried about the baby getting here,” she continued. “I’m so grateful and that’s all I can say. I’m so grateful and appreciative to everybody, God is good all the time.
“Makes me wanna get back in church,” Hill added.
Remarkably, Hill said, she didn’t share much about her personal struggles with Phelps during their chance encounter.
However, she said, “God knew. He felt it on his heart.”
Now, the money will help her fund a car and a new place to live with the child’s father. New Faith Christian Church will also cover the child care costs for both of Hill’s kids for one year.
“You gotta show the love of God to people you come into contact with, and it was her kindness — she was so kind and so pleasant, she’s just a real sweetheart,” the pastor said of their fast friendship. “And that touched my heart. And I feel like the Lord has really allowed our paths to cross.”
“It felt great to present her with a check and I’m proud to have great friends and ministry partners that support and believe in our community first approach,” Phelps told Fox News.
When reached for comment, a spokesperson for Waffle House shared the following statement on the heartwarming story:
“We are so appreciative of the kind gesture made by Bishop Phelps and all of the others who contributed on behalf of our Associate, Hannah Hill. Their acts of generosity are a testament to the fact that kindness and hospitality are two of the greatest gifts that can be given to others,” a rep told Fox on Monday morning. “On behalf of Waffle House, we sincerely want to thank all of you.”