Eighteen young adults with Down syndrome and other developmental disabilities were out for their annual holiday dinner at an Italian restaurant in Levittown, sharing a meal and some laughs.

The coordinator of the teen-young adult program, run by ACDS (formerly the Association for Children with Down Syndrome), had just finished getting the guests settled when she was approached by a restaurant patron celebrating his child’s birthday.

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After dessert, the group discovered that this good Samaritan had paid their entire bill. He left the message, “Tell the woman in charge of the group the bill is taken care of, and happy holidays.”

What a welcome reminder that there are good, kind people in the world.

Laurie Schaefer, Commack

Editor’s note: The writer is a development associate with ACDS in Plainview.