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Random act of kindness benefits soldier

Josh Armagost

Random acts of kindness are often too few and far apart but one in particular has garnered the thanks of the recipients.

Julie Armagost, Baldwin, who works in the St. Croix County Sheriff's office, was compelled to mention the gesture by an anonymous person directed at her soldier son.

"Sunday night (Jan. 24) I picked my son Josh up in Inver Grove Heights, Minn. He was coming back from Iraq as a member of the 34th Infantry Division," she said.

Julie said the welcoming party stopped at Applebee's in Hudson on the way home to Baldwin to watch the Vikings game and to visit. "He was just getting home after being deployed from April until January," she said.

"When we went to pay our bill, the waitress told us the people in the booth behind us saw Josh in his Army uniform and heard us talking about him just getting home from Iraq and they took care of the bill as a 'thank you' to him," she said. "What an awesome welcome home for him from complete strangers."

Julie said the kind strangers picked up the bill for five people in the party and told the waitress to include desert if they wanted.

"I wanted to thank whoever the wonderful people are and let them know that Josh was honored they would do this for him," she said.

The 23-year-old Josh Armagost has since returned to St. Cloud (Minn.) State University where he is working toward a political science degree.