Julie and Rich Morgan of Indianapolis live 225 miles away from their favorite pizza joint.

Associated Press reports, the couple planned a trip to Steve’s Pizza for Julie’s birthday in September, but their plans were derailed when Rich ended up in the ICU.


Instead of celebrating a fun birthday weekend with his wife, the cancer patient was put under hospice care.

That’s when Julie’s father David Dalke decided to call Steve’s and spoke with 18-year-old Dalton Shaffer.

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Julie wrote in a Facebook post:

He told Dalton a little bit about our situation and asked if the shop might send a friendly text or card to us.

Without hesitation Dalton asked what kind of pizza we wanted, and told my father he would bring it to us.

She explained that over two decades ago, the couple lived in Battle Creek, Indiana, and at the time they would frequently visit the Michigan restaurant because no other pizza “measures up,” reports MLIVE.

She continued:

By the way, Steve’s doesn’t deliver.

My dad clarified that we were in Indianapolis, at least three and a half hours away from Battle Creek. Dalton said he understood that, and would leave after he closed the store.

But a three-hour trip didn’t stop Shaffer from delivering the pizza.


Shaffer told MLIVE:

“I just felt really sad for them.”

Julie added:

And so, while Rich and I slept, at 2:30 AM, 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.

My dad offered to put him up in a hotel, but he refused and immediately left for the return trip home because he had to work the next day.

Shaffer told the station his 2 a.m. delivery wasn’t for attention.

Dalke said the 18-year-old’s trip was one of compassion for a family in crisis.

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