Hooters is a restaurant that’s most known for its great service. Or maybe it’s more accurate to say it’s most known for its great service staff. And it turns out the waitresses for the popular restaurant chain will go far beyond the call of duty to improve the lives of their customers.
Mariana Villarreal is a Hooters waitress in Roswell, Georgia. One of her customers, Don Thomas, lost both of his kidneys while battling cancer. Thomas is a Vietnam War veteran, father of two and his wife passed away a few years ago. He had been a customer at the Roswell Hooters for over 10 years. So when Mariana found out he needed a kidney, she got tested and found out she was a match. She then donated her kidney to help save his life.
The surgery went well. Mariana wrote the following on her Instagram account:
Thank you all so much for the kind words! It means a lot to me that everyone has taken a second to comment and wish me well! The kidney is a PERFECT match and is working amazingly! As for me my kidney is working like there’s still 2 in there. I know God will watch over us for the rest of our lives and may the glory always be for the lord of lords! Once again thank you all!
Mariana was inspired to help Don after she lost her grandmother to kidney failure. Here’s a news report about their story.
Mariana has started a GoFundMe page for people to send donations while the two of them recover from their surgeries. You can donate here.
So the next time you go to a restaurant, try to be nice to the service. You never know when one of them will save your life.