Dayna Morales is hoping to turn a negative into a positive.
The waitress, an openly gay ex-marine, was stiffed by patrons at at Gallop Asian Bistro in Bridgewater, New Jersey this month because they said they "disagreed with her gay lifestyle."
They labeled it an "affront to God" in a note left on their receipt.
After the incident went viral because Morales shared it on Facebook, the server was flooded by messages of support and also by donations from around the world.
"People have sent me tips from all over the world just to show support. I have had people from Germany to South Africa, Australia to the U.K., San Diego, everywhere," Morales told CNN.
"It wasn't for the money. I never planned on this. I just wanted to vent. The purpose was to inform people it wasn't OK."
Dayna - who served in the Marines from 2009 to 2011 - says she's received around $2,000 overall. And she plans to do something very helpful with the money.
"I plan - being a veteran - to send a portion of it to the Wounded Warrior Fund," she told WNBC.
"It's great to see everybody's support and I'm thankful for it, but it doesn't excuse or change the fact that it actually did happen."
Moreover, the restaurant at which Morales works says it will match every donation.
“We are kind of a big family so they all took it to heart," Morales said of her coworkers' support.
"My manager assured me that if they had seen the check before the family left they would have confronted them."