Goshen congregation surprises delivery driver with unbelievable tip

Grace Community Church Pastor Jim Brown hugs Ashley Wood after giving her a $3,700 tip. (Submitted photo via The Goshen News)
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GOSHEN, Ind. (WTHR) - A northern Indiana pizza delivery driver is going to be able to give her children a very merry Christmas thanks to the generosity of a church's congregation.

According to our partners at The Goshen News, the Grace Community Church in Goshen ordered pizza to celebrate the graduation ceremony for the church's men's ministry and discipleship course Sunday night, collecting a large donation to give to the delivery person.

Ashley Wood, a driver for Papa John's, took the run as she prepared to leave for the night and never expected what was waiting for her.

Wood, the mother of four children with one more on the way, was worried about how she was going to pay for Christmas presents when she was called up to the church's stage by the pastor, Jim Brown.

“All week long we’d been praying that God would give us a person that we could bless,” Brown told the Goshen News. “We didn’t know who God was going to bring in the door.”

Parishioners at Grace Community Church collected more than $3,700 to give to a delivery driver. (Submitted photo via The Goshen News)
Parishioners at Grace Community Church collected more than $3,700 to give to a delivery driver. (Submitted photo via The Goshen News)

Wood nervously walked on stage, where Brown presented her with an envelope, filled with the donations collected by parishioners - just over $3,700.

“Just complete shock because it’s happening right before Christmas,” Wood said. “I was in tears all night.”

The circumstances that led to Wood receiving the tip have Brown believing a higher power played a hand in guiding their act of kindness.

The congregation had first called Jimmy John's, but the sub shop was closed. Next, they tried Pizza Hut, but they were too busy.

That led them to Papa John's and a mother in need, making her last delivery of the night.

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