Driving 200 miles to deliver a pizza seems like a horror story in the making, but even if there’s no place in America that could possibly be so far away from pizza, one employee at a pizza shop decided to go above and beyond the call of duty.
Dalton Shaffer, an 18-year-old employee at Steve’s Pizza in Battle Creek, Michigan, was presented with a unique opportunity to do some good. Late one night, he received a call from a couple living in Indianapolis who couldn’t get the memory of Steve’s pizza out of their mind from more than 20 years ago.
Julie and Rick Morgan had been planning a trip to Battle Creek with the intention of getting a chance to eat their favorite pizza once again, before realizing they’d have to cancel their trip due to Rick’s cancer being too aggressive. Though he had been moved into hospice care, Julie still wanted to enjoy a taste of Steve’s together while they still could. Of course, the pizzeria was 200 miles away and didn’t deliver, but she decided to give them a call anyway.
After explaining their situation to Dalton, he knew there was only one thing he could do. Without hesitating, he asked what their favorite pizzas were, and then hopped in his car. Shaffer didn’t tell anyone but his brother that he was even leaving. Given the hour, Shaffer didn’t arrive in Indianapolis until about 2 am.
“Rich is home under hospice care and we are enjoying every minute reminiscing and visiting with family and friends,” she wrote on her Facebook, explaining the importance of this particular pizza. “[Early Sunday], while Rich and I slept, at 2:30 a.m., Dalton rolled into our driveway, left the car running and delivered two extra special pizzas to my waiting family. He told them we were in his prayers, and offered to help in any way he could.”