Vet leaves kind gift for woman, deployed boyfriend

Posted: 03/20/13 at 5:00 pm EDT      Last Updated: 03/20/13 at 6:24 pm EDT

ARLINGTON, Mass. (WHDH) -- A woman whose boyfriend is serving overseas received a sweet surprise when she went into a store for some coffee and came out to a touching tribute.

"I put a sticker on my car that says, 'My heart is in Afghanistan,'" said Samantha Ford.

Samantha Ford’s boyfriend, Army Specialist Albert DiSimone, was deployed in September. They’ve known each other since fifth grade.

“I just can’t wait ‘til he comes home. Counting down the days, but it’s definitely been hard,” Ford said.

Ford was coming out of a Dunkin Donuts shop in Arlington last weekend…

“I came out and I immediately saw something on my car. At first I thought it was a ticket, so I wasn’t too happy,” Ford said.

But, it was a note. It read, “I noticed the sticker on the back of your car. Take your hero out to dinner when he comes home. Thank you both for serving. Him deployed and you for waiting.”

“I just started crying,” Ford said. “They left two $20 bills [inside the envelope].”

That night, Ford shared her story on Facebook and posted it to a military website. It received over one million likes overnight.

Ford said she’d like to meet the secret donor.

“If I can’t find them I just want them to know that we are very grateful and completely touched by it and I can’t think of anything to do other than pay it forward and let that person know they made a difference,” Ford said.

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