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Trisha Murphy awoke Saturday stressed and barely able to function.

The mother of four works two jobs, as a server at Denny’s and at a nursing home, while going to school to become a nurse.

Her car had been towed that morning, it would be $735 to get it back, and there still was Christmas shopping to do.

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Murphy went to work at the diner that afternoon. It was slow. She didn’t think much of the three, grungy-looking men who sat down.

When they finished their half zesty nachos, slow-cooked pot roast and crazy spicy skillet, the man who appeared to be the oldest, insisted Murphy cash him out.

He slid his card and filled out the receipt with a grin splashed across his face. He said, “Merry Christmas dear” before walking out.

Murphy was stunned. He left her a $500 tip.

“I don’t know this man’s name, but I hope he realizes that he literally saved Christmas for my children and I,” Murphy wrote on Facebook. “Yesterday was the day I met Santa!”

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