You might not think someone could earn the title of “Huck’s Hero” just for delivering a pizza. But wait until you hear this story, and you’ll understand.
Twenty-five years ago, Rich and Julie Morgan of Indianapolis lived in Battle Creek, Michigan. In those happy times just starting out in life together, they would eat at Steve’s Pizza, which Rich declared to be the best in the world. Sadly, those days are past now. Rich recently entered hospice care for cancer after being told by his doctors that the end was near. Julie knew she could never take him to Steve’s again, but she wrote and asked if they might just send him a card or text to remind him of those happier times.
That message ended up in the hands of Steve’s Pizza’s current manager, 18-year-old Dalton Shaffer. He was so moved by it that he had two extra special pizzas made and set out to deliver them himself. But it didn’t take 30 minutes or less. After a long shift, he got in his car and began driving...200 miles to Indianapolis. He arrived at the Morgans’ with the pies at 2:30 a.m. But they didn’t mind being awakened. Julie offered to put him up in a hotel for the night, but he said he had to work the next day, so he set off on the 200-mile drive back home.
Julie said, “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!"
Asked by MLive news about his midnight pizza ride, Dalton said, “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. I just felt really sad for them."
I hope you will do as this terrific young man requests and remember the Morgans in your prayers. Say thanks, too, for a Huck’s Hero like Dalton Shaffer, who gave us a shining example of kindness and decency toward others at a time when we sorely needed one. And needless to say, if you're ever in Battle Creek, give Steve's Pizza a try.
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