This week’s “Thankful Thursday” would like to highlight a heartwarming gesture not expected by a Sumner County Tennessee sheriff’s deputy. While waiting for his assignment to be completed, Deputy Jody McDowell decided to have breakfast at a local Cracker Barrel restaurant near the Nashville Airport. When it was time to pay for his meal, he discovered that two African-Amercian women had anonymously paid for his breakfast. They also left him a message, which read: “BLM [Black Lives Matter], but so does yours! Thank you for your service. Breakfast paid.”

Deputy McDowell was completely surprised by this gesture and thanked the two sweet women for their generosity in a Facebook post.

“At Cracker Barrel, we believe in treating everyone who walks through our doors as family, and we work hard to foster a welcoming environment for our guests and employees. It makes us especially proud to see when guests take it upon themselves to extend our mission of “Pleasing People” and commit random acts of kindness towards each other, as these two women did yesterday,” said Janella Escobar.

The women had already left before anyone had a chance to get their names. Deputy McDowell is hoping the women will see his Facebook post, expressing his appreciation for their wonderful generosity.

Since Deputy McDowell posted the photograph of their handwritten note to social media, thousands of people have expressed their appreciation over the sweet message. “This post made me feel that there is hope for our country after all,” read one of the comments.