A Man Drives 225 Miles To Deliver To A Hospice Patient
By: Eboni Walker
An 18-year-old manager brought joy to a family that they will never forget by simply giving them a box of pizza.
On Tuesday, Dalton Shaffer, the manager of Steve’s Pizza in Battle Creek, Mich., received a call from a family expressing how much they loved the company’s pizza.
David Dalke went into detail about the family’s history, saying that his daughter Julie Morgan and her husband would buy a pizza from the company every payday.
Since then, the family had moved away to Indianapolis and made many plans to go back for a weekend trip. But because Mr. Morgan fell ill of cancer and had been placed in hospice care, they never got the chance to.
With Mr. Morgan not having much time to live, they began to reminisce on their days in the small town.
Dalke made the call only to request for the pizzeria to maybe send a text or a call to the family to lift their spirits.
But Shaffer immediately asked what type of pizza the family liked. He told him that he would deliver them a couple of pizzas. Even though Dalke told the manager multiple times that they lived three and a half hours away from the shop, Shaffer insisted on bringing them the pizzas.
Shaffer drove 225 miles and arrived at the family’s home at 2:30 a.m. with two large pizzas.
Extremely grateful for the kind act, Dalke insisted on putting Shaffer in a hotel for a night, but, he declined the offer because he said he had to be at work again later that same day. “I just wanted to do that for them,” Shaffer said. “I just wanted to make them happy.”
Shaffer said that is wasn’t easy making the drive but it was something he felt the need to do. “I took a couple 5-hour Energy’s,” Shaffer said. “I had to, I was super tired, but I made it, and that’s what counts. It was worth it. I’m glad I did that.”
Shaffer told the Battle Creek Enquirer, he didn’t think that the situation would get public recognition, “I wasn’t going to tell anyone about it,” Shaffer said. “I didn’t even tell my uncle or anything when I left for Indiana. I thought the entire thing would be kept quiet.”
The manager said he just wants everyone to keep the family in prayers, “I just hope people could keep that family in mind and pray for them.”
Mrs. Morgan was so happy about the gentlemen’s kind gesture that she cried.
She later posted the kind act to on Facebook. “This is hard because we’re normally such private people,” she added. “But it was such a great story, it just needed to be shared,” she told Battle Creek Enquirer.
In the Facebook post-Mrs. Morgan wrote:
“Sometimes a slice of pizza is more than it appears to be! I am beyond overwhelmed and humbled by this act of genuine kindness. Dalton brought our family so much joy – and the best pizza in the world – at a really difficult time. While “thank you” hardly seems adequate – from the bottom of my heart, thank you, Dalton, from Steve’s Pizza in Battle Creek, MI for making your epic middle of the night pizza delivery!”
Social media users are in love with the store manager’s act of kindness, and they are sending well wishes and prayers to the family.
“It is so invigorating to read and share human goodness in the midst of everyday drab stories of people trying to cope with all kind of difficulties to survive. Congratulations to Steve’s pizza store,” one commenter wrote.
“Thank you for sharing such an incredible act of kindness. Prayers to your family in this challenging time. Great story [it] gives us hope in a world that seemed to have forgotten what the word kindness means,” another user commented on Facebook.
By: Eboni Walker | Web: www.ebonimwalker.com | Instagram & Twitter: EboniMWalker
Sources: Battle Creek Enquirer