One Ohio church’s extra generous tip to a pizza delivery driver was such a well-timed blessing that it moved her to tears.
While working her assistant manager job at Domino’s on Oct. 4, Natasha Boyer, 21, couldn’t stop worrying that she would not be able to make her monthly rent because she had missed a week of work due to pneumonia. She had woken up that morning to an eviction notice taped on her door, according to the Washington Post.
On the same day, Sycamore Creek Church in Pickerington, a Columbus suburb, called her restaurant to have a large pepperoni pizza delivered.
When the shop’s usual pizza delivery driver, Paula, didn’t want to make the delivery because the caller had said whoever delivered the pizza would present it in front of the congregation, Boyer went instead.
After arriving to the church with the pizza, Boyer was brought on stage in front hundreds of congregants by church pastor Steve Markle.
Asked by Markle how much the pizza costs, Boyer answered “$5.99.” He then asked her what the largest tip she had ever received was. She replied, “$10.”
After handing her $15 in cash, Markle said, “We’ve been teaching our church this last month about being generous, and so we did something special for you today. We took up a special offering for a tip for you.”
Church members from three services had collected $1,046 to present to the delivery driver. Upon receiving the cash, she collapsed into his arms, crying.
The entire moment was filmed by the church and uploaded to their Youtube channel the same day to promote their monthly mission’s emphasis on random acts of kindness.
“I was trying to come up with a way to get almost $1,000 to try and figure out how to keep my home so I didn’t lose my job,” Boyer told the Washington Post. “My prayers were literally answered in a matter of hours.”
After Boyer showed Paula the money upon her return, she expressed no regret at not delivering the pizza and instead said to her friend, “You can stay now, can’t you?”
“It definitely opened my eyes up that there are still good people in the world,” Boyer said. “I’ve been bitter about humanity in general … maybe I need to start going to church. Maybe this is something, God was trying to open my eyes.”