This Restaurant Staff Turned Mother's Day Around For Mom Eating Alone

When the staff at a Ruby Tuesdays saw Barbara Foy dining alone on Mother's Day, they went above and beyond to make her feel special!

May 15, 2018

Barbara lives in a small South Carolina village called Murrells Inlet. Every day she drives to Pawley's Island to her toy store, The Freckled Frog, where she sells and plays games with local and visiting children. But outside of this sweet routine, Foy has endured hardships in recent years that have made her life difficult.

On Mother's Day, she had no one to celebrate with. Her only son lives in Charlotte, North Carolina and the two had not spoken in several months. Her grandchildren also live out of town. Despite feeling down, she went to a local Ruby Tuesday for lunch. When the staff noticed she was a mother dining alone, they decided to pull out all the stops to make her feel special.

"We were not OK with a mother feeling unloved on Mother’s Day," Ruby Tuesday server Mariah Brown told TODAY. "Growing up, I was told to treat others the way you wanna be treated. Me personally, if that was anybody’s mom I would have done the same thing."

As Barbara sat unassumingly at her table, staffers Christianna Smith, Kabria Hasty and Brown prepared a Mother's Day gift basked filled with items from a nearby store, including a backscratcher with which she expressed a particular fondness, and $5. They also worked with the managers Lauren Nave and Don Donnelly to treat her to lunch.

She said - "I had all this on me and these girls didn’t know anything about me, just that I was sitting by myself. For their kindness — what they did for me to take so much off of me, to lift me up. I just can’t believe what they did. People don’t do that."