MILLVILLE – Social media news feeds can be overwhelming at times with stories of tragedy and pain in the world, but somewhere in between are uplifting tales of joy, happiness and inspiration.
Millville resident Tiffanie Miller unwittingly found herself in the middle of her very own inspirational story — which has since gone viral on social media — the day after she embraced two strangers on the Atlantic City Boardwalk.
The Peach Drive resident was enjoying lunch with her three children and family friends at a boardwalk pizza place on Tuesday when Miller said she noticed a senior citizen “in his 60s or 70s” tending to his elderly father — a Korean War veteran who had trouble feeding himself.
“He’s feeding him, cleaning his mouth, and I need to go up to him and let him know it wasn’t going unnoticed,” Miller told The Daily Journal on Wednesday. “He said, ‘Thank you, this is what I need to hear to keep going. ”
The man — whose name Miller did not get — said he has been caring for his father for 15 years, and often welcomes the compliments of strangers who appreciate seeing demonstrations of dedication and love.
But what followed showed the power and reach of both compassion and social media promotion.
“We went back to eating and he came up to me and said, ‘This is a way I pay a compliment with a compliment — it’s a way for me to say thank you,’ ” Miller said, explaining how the man handed her a note.
Written neatly on a napkin was “C.Y.H.”
It stood for ‘Consider Yourself Hugged,’ Miller said the man told her.
“With that I just had to give him a real hug, and I said, ‘You don’t know how much that made my day,’ ” Miller said.
After their emotional moment, Miller thanked the elderly veteran for his service, finished eating with her family and left for home.
Later that day she posted her story, along with a picture of the note, on the Facebook page.
As they say the rest is history with thousands of Likes and the story going viral