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Ellen gives $10K to NH waitress for soldiers' tab

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Updated: Fri, 18 Oct 2013 06:17:00 EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire waitress who picked up lunch tab for two National Guard soldiers affected by the federal government's shutdown has been repaid — more than 300 times over — by television star Ellen DeGeneres. Sarah Hoidahl, a waitress in Concord, N.H., just wanted to do a nice thing for the soldiers, so she recently picked up their lunch tab. It cost her $27.75. On Friday, DeGeneres squared the tab and then some, giving Hoidahl $27.75 in cash and a check for $10,000. An emotional Hoidahl buried her face in her hands and thanked DeGeneres as the talk show host repeated "You're a good person." DeGeneres caught wind of Hoidahl's act of kindness when the New Hampshire National Guard posted a picture on its Facebook page. The story spread quickly online, producers saw it and invited Hoidahl to Hollywood. Ellen also gave her a 50-inch television.

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