Pizzeria employee travels 225 miles to deliver pizza to terminally ill man who had days to live and couldn't visit the outlet
A teenage pizzeria employee proved that a kind heart and a good deed can go a long way and have a major impact on others.
Dalton Shaffer, the manager of Steve's Pizza in Battle Creek, Michigan delivered pizza to Richard Morgan, a terminally ill man who lives around 225 miles away in Indiana because he and his wife couldn't make it all the way there. Though his wife Julie Morgan and him were asleep that night, their family received the delivery after Shaffer drove all the way to their place himself.
Even though Julie's dad offered to put Shaffer in a hotel for the night, he politely denied and drove back another 225 miles because he had to be at work early morning.
In a Facebook post, Julie spoke about Shaffer's act of kindness and how much it meant to her family, especially Richard who only has a few days or maybe weeks left to live since he suffering from salivary gland cancer.
Richard and Julie who used to live in Battle Creek around 25 years ago, compare every pizza to the taste of Steve's pizzas till date and now their love for Steve's has increased after Shaffer's act. In her post, Julie revealed how they used to dine at Steve's almost every night and that they planned to go there for her 56th birthday but ended up in the ICU when it was revealed that Richard was terminally ill and he had to go into hospice care.
It was Julie's father's idea to call Steve's and request them to at least send a condolence card, but Shaffer instead asked him what are the toppings they would prefer and delivered the pizza after his shift that night.
Talking to Today Food about his random act of kindness, Shaffer says, "I really didn’t think twice about it. It was a spontaneous reaction from me I guess. When I rolled into the driveway at about 2:30, 2:40, the family was waiting up for me. The dad was there, and he came out and he gave me a hug."
"I would like anybody reading to just think of the family," the teenager later revealed. "Ya know, pray for them. They're going to be going through a hard time."
"While 'thank you' hardly seems adequate — from the bottom of my heart, thank you, Dalton [Shaffer], from Steve's Pizza in Battle Creek, MI for making your epic middle of the night pizza delivery!" Julie tells Shaffer in her post.