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Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Erin Dogan's 1,000 Dollar Tip

It happened in much like a Ruby Tuesday like this, in Roanoke Virginia.

Erin Dogan left a tip for a seventeen year old, seven month pregnant waitress: It was an act from her soul, guided without much forethought when she left a 1,000 dollar tip.

Reed Williams of the Roanoke Times reports Erin said:

"I didn't need it. It helped someone who ... needed it. God put us there together. God answered my questions."

And like a pebble that breaks the surface of a quiet pond. Her act from deep within her soul has had reprecussions across America. Erin Dogan has appeared on Good Morning America, Inside Edition and has been heard throughout America on radio.

Earlier I had written:

It is about a young waitress who is young and pregnant received a tip for a thousand dollars. Erin Dogan of Roanoke County gave the tip to Amanda Newkirk in Roanoke. Some fine acts like these need to be reported. Erin Dogan said she could have spent the money at the mall, but this to her was a much better act. We agree Erin, its people like you that restores our faith in humanity.

Little did I know, the word would spread so greatly. After that short comment (in a larger story), we have been searched from around the world. Everyone wants to know more about Erin Dogan. From Britain to Turkey, and parts in between, and further to Japan, queries are coming to know more of Erin Dogan and her good deed.

It refreshes my sense of the good in people, to search out this good act. It reminds me, that a show of compasion is universal.

It tells me that people want to see and feel the good, and it is a story worth retelling. Each in our own way, are directed to be good samaritans.

And people who taste the fruit of giving, like Erin Dogan, find a reward that courses through their soul.

Yes, it is true giving is its own reward.

The pleasure felt from the smallest act of kindness is like a pebble dropped in the silent pond and the ripples continue to reach outward.

Update: The "Good Deed" of Erin Dogan continues to be searched with a passion. The picture below represents searches to our site within less time than the last five minutes. We hope many retell Erin's story and pass it along through the internet.


At 3:32 AM, Blogger optimistic curmudgeon said...

Thanks, I needed to hear about the goodness in people too.
Go Erin!!!!


At 7:55 AM, Blogger Melissa O. Markham said...

A terrific story and a blessing for the giver and the recipient. I was the recipient once of a much smaller kindness 'value wise' but the woman who gave to my daughter and me said that her goal is to reach out to someone everyday and help them. She prays that God will direct her in that way.

There are lots of Good Samaritans out there, but the media likes the bad news...wouldn't want people thinking there is good and kindness in the world, now would we?

At 6:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am the sister of Erin Dogan and I want to let everyone know that this WAS NOT how she made it sound. The tip was left for the waitress due to a fight between Erin and her fiance over money. She left the money to spite him. It had NOTHING to due with God and I am, so tired of her spouting that crap. At the time of this tip, my sister was in active alcohol and drug addiction and was fighting with her fiance. Shes the one who called the news and told them that she had left the tip!! If it truly was an act of God, she never wouldve jumped on the media bandwagon to make sure she got credit for her "good deed". She was even paid three times the amount of the tip she left to go on certain TV news shows and would laugh at how she had made so much money over something she never would have normally done. I despise nothing more than hypocrisy and although I love her to death, my sister is one of the biggest hypocrites out there. Please people, look elsewhere for a true good samaritan.


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