Server who bonded with a crying elderly woman receives a $500 tip

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Sometimes, it doesn't take much to be a hero -- a small act of kindness can have a priceless impact.

For Kasey Simmons, who works at a Dallas-area Applebee's restaurant, that simple gesture earned him a huge chunk of change.

The 32-year-old server noticed an older woman crying.

He struck up a conversation with the stranger and even offered to pay for her small load of groceries.

"It was only $17, but it's not about the money," Simmons told a local ABC affiliate. "It's about showing someone you care."

The woman was grateful, and she went home happy. But Simmons had no idea just how happy she was.

The next day, the woman's daughter visited Simmons at work and ordered the cheapest thing on the menu.

She left a $500 tip on a $0.37 bill to show her appreciation.

In addition to the 135,135 percent tip, she left a note on a restaurant napkin, noting that the day Simmons saw her crying was a tough day for her mother.

It marked the third anniversary of her husband's death.

"My mother did not need you to help her, but you made her year," wrote the daughter.

"I have not seen this woman smile this much since dad died."

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