An Indiana Domino’s Pizza delivery man’s work day started like every other day last Wednesday, but ended up to be a day that he will likely never forget.
At Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, students gather each week at 10 a.m. for worship. Last Wednesday, the president of the residential campus, Dr. Keith Newman, challenged the more-than-3,000 students to “do for one what you wish you could do for everyone.”
“Dr. Newman started off kind of praying, like, ‘lord, let this be a good service even though it’s going to be very untraditional.’ He had this idea, it was a quote from Andy Stanley, and the basic premise is do for one what you wish you could do for everyone. If you can’t bless the entire world, at least care about somebody who is right next to you,” said IWU Chaplain Charlie Alcock.
The students began the challenge by writing an inspirational note, while Dr. Newman asked to have some pizza delivered.
“He asked the lady to go and order pizza. At first I thought we were all going to get pizza, but then as he began to talk about it, he revealed that he would be bringing the guy on stage, and we were going to bless him with an offering.”
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So the students took up an offering as the unsuspecting James Gilpin made his way to the college with two hot pizzas.
“When James, the guy who actually delivered the pizzas, walked into the building, they brought him right on stage, and at that point said, ‘you know what, thank you for all that you do, thank you for, you know, you doing what you do, and we want to say, you matter,’” said Alcock.
“When I walked up to him and he started talking to me, I was wondering what was going on,” said delivery driver James Gilpin.
The unsuspecting Gilpin was offered a piece of cake, a sack full of notes, and the biggest surprise of all.
“He gave him a tip of a little over $1200,” said Alcock.
Actually, the total amount collected added up to a whopping $1268.
Gilpin said he planned to use the money to help provide a nice Christmas for his five and six-year-old kids.
Who’s feeling really happy right now?