Ellen DeGeneres

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Talk about paying it forward.

A New Hampshire waitress got a big surprise when Ellen DeGeneres popped up with a check after the talk show host learned of a good deed she had done.

After the government shutdown hit, Sarah Hoidahl wanted to do something nice for two National Guard members who sat in her section for lunch at Ruby Tuesday recently, when she overheard the women mention they weren't getting paid because of the furlough.

Wanting to do something nice for the soldiers, the 21-year-old single mother picked up their $27.75 check and gave them a thank you note, according to Foxnews.com.

When one of the New Hampshire National Guard's posted a photo of Hoidahl and a copy of her note of Facebook, news soon spread of her gesture and eventually DeGeneres found out about it.

The comedienne not only repaid Hoidahl the $27.75 Friday, but she also gave her a 50-inch television and a check for $10,000.

How sweet!

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