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Dancing Tim Hortons server given a free vacation by grateful students

04/08/2015 04:47 EDT | Updated 06/08/2015 05:59 EDT

Terri Marshall goes above and beyond the call of duty to make her customers at Tim Hortons smile, but she was the one with giant grin on her face this month after her customers surprised her with a free vacation. 

Marshall works at the McMaster University Timmies in Hamilton, Ont., and is famous around the country for her funky dance moves. When a customer turns in a winning cup for "Roll up the Rim," Marshall breaks into a congratulatory song and dance routine.

Videos of her moves have racked up hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube. 


But Marshall doesn't just go out her way for winners of free coffee and donuts — she greets every customer with a "sweetie" or a "sunshine" and writes inspiring messages on the lids of cups. 

"I like to do something fun. It's some excitement for the kids because they are so stressed out, so I like to shock them and put a smile on their face,"  Marshall told CBC in 2013. "It just makes my day."

This March, some McMaster students decided it was about time someone found a way to say thank you to Marshall for her tireless labour lifting spirits. They started a crowd-funding campaign to send Marshall on a "well-deserved" vacation. 

The campaign has raised $1,700 through 142 donations and has yielded comments like "You are a legitimate rockstar!" and "I wish I could donate thousands more!"

Last week, some of the students involved in the campaign surprised Marshall with an impromptu dance party and, more importantly, a giant cheque.

Unsurprisingly, she danced with joy.

And Marshall has an extra-special reason for celebration. Her wedding anniversary is coming up on April 20 and she's going to use the money to go on a trip to Myrtle Beach.

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