By: Lauren Fabrizi
A random act of kindness is helping a teenage girl follow her dreams.
Last summer, Abigail Sailors headed off to Trinity Bible College in North Dakota to study psychology and youth ministry, and play basketball.
But after one semester, she made the tough decision to not go back.
"I couldn't really afford it, so I was going to take some online classes and get some generals out of the way," Abigail said. "And all that turned around yesterday."
Abigail decided to save up some money by waiting tables at the Lincoln Cracker Barrel.
Toward the end of her shift Thursday, she met two men who gave her the surprise of her life.
Over the course of their meal, the customers learned Abigail and her four other siblings have been in and out of foster care for several years, and that she could no longer pay for school.
She was presented with a generous $50 tip. But that's not all. Abigail said one of the men, who mentioned he was a Trinity Bible alumnus, then pulled out his check book and wrote her two checks totaling $6,000.
"I said, 'Are you serious,' and my eyes just filled with tears," Abigail said. "It's always been my dream college to go there and play basketball, and go to a Christian school where I can seek God. For that to actually come true and not have to worry about those finance problems."
One check for $5,000 was written out to the school. The other for $1,000 was written out to Abigail.
Abigail's older sister, Sydnie, said they're both still in shock.
"My sister came home yesterday and was like, 'I have something to tell you,'" Sydnie said. "And I was like, 'Did you win the lottery?' And she was like, 'Well kind of!'"
Abigail said the money should help her with both tuition and basketball expenses for the next few semesters.
As she fills up her duffle bag with all her gear, she looks back on that encounter with tears of joy in her eyes and a smile on her face.
"It forever changed my heart and my life," Abigail said. "And I definitely see life a lot different now. You can always give more."
The man with the kind heart wants to remain anonymous.
Abigail will start classes again in a couple weeks. Her friends and basketball coach said they're happy to have her back.