In a heart-melting gesture, a teenage pizza restaurant worker traveled 225 miles to deliver a dying man his favorite pizza in the middle of the night. Now, for a restaurant that doesn’t even do home deliveries, this gesture sure is a sign that there is still some good left in the world.
Dalton Shaffer,an eighteen year old teen who works at Steve’s Pizza in West Michigan, went out of his way to give one family something to smile about at a time they needed it most.
Rich Morgan and his wife Julie who live in Indianapolis were long-time customers of Steve’s Pizza and had been planning a trip to the Battle Creek restaurant to have a bite of their favorite pizza.
Unfortunately, before they could make their trip, Rich’s condition deteriorated and he had to be taken into hospice as his battle with cancer was coming to an end.
Julie’s dad, David Dalke, secretly called Steve’s Pizza to tell them about Rich, with hope that they would maybe send a card with best wishes out to the family to uplift their spirits and make them feel better about their cancelled trip. Dalton was the one who picked up that phone call and he felt that a card wouldn’t quite cut it.
Dalton who is a manager at Steve’s Pizza, immediately fired up the pizza oven and prepared a pepperoni and a mushroom and pepperoni pizza, got in his car and drove for more than three hours through the night to Indianapolis. He finally arrived at around 2.30 am with the dying man’s favorite pizza in hand.
Speaking to Fox 2 Detroit, Dalton said, “He said that his family was thinking about coming up and grabbing pizza. But due to the circumstances they weren’t able to do that.”
“The family came out, gave me a hug. It was cool. The expressions on their face and everything like that.” He added.
The pleasantly surprised family dug into their pizza and then shared the heartwarming story on Facebook thanking Dalton for what they described as “the best pizza in the world.”
“Anybody that is watching this, keep them in mind and pray for them. I hope the best for them and I hope the Lord gives them comfort.” Dalton said.
The family offered Dalton a place to spend the night as he got there in the wee hours of the night, however, the teen declined as he had to drive back to make it into his shift on time the same day.