A local woman that has a sticker on the back of her vehicle that reads “1/2 of my heart is in Afghanistan” received quite a shock Sunday morning.
Samantha Ford, an Arlington High School graduate, was leaving an area Dunkin’ Donuts with her kids when she discovered a note under her windshield wiper.
The note said, “I noticed the sticker on the back of your car. Take your hero out to dinner when he comes home. Thank you both for serving, him deployed and you for waiting. United States Veteran, God Bless.”
Inside the envelope were two $20 bills.
“I was shocked,” Ford said outside her home. “I’m emotional anyway, so my eyes started tearing up.”
Her boyfriend, Albert DeSimone, is with the 2nd Battalion 7th Infantry Regiment deployed to Afghanistan.
“Loving someone so much and not being able to see them and just relying on when you’re going to hear from them next and not knowing, it’s hard,” Ford said.
Ford posted a photo of the note and money on the Facebook page “Our Deployment: 101,” where military families share stories of encouragement.
“I don’t think there are the right words to say how much we appreciate it,” Ford said.
DeSimone’s mother, Debra, was just as moved and proud.
“It makes you feel like, wow, there’s somebody out there who’s noticing what’s happening,” she said.
The generosity of the military veteran went viral, receiving nearly 1.7 million likes. The identity of the ‘pay it forward’ Good Samaritan remains a mystery.