Ohio church stuns pizza delivery woman with $1,000 tip

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A suburban church congregation in Columbus, Ohio ordered a pizza in the middle of a service, and then left the driver in tears with a $1,000 tip from the collection plate.

The driver brought a $5.99 pizza to Sycamore Creek Church in the Columbus suburb of Pickerington on October 4. The Reverend Steve Markle brought the driver, who introduced herself as Natasha, onstage and asked her about the biggest tip she’d ever received. About 10 dollars, she answered.

The driver brought a $5.99 pizza to Sycamore Creek Church in the Columbus suburb of Pickerington on October 4. The Reverend Steve Markle brought the driver, who introduced herself as Natasha, onstage and asked her about the biggest tip she’d ever received. About 10 dollars, she answered.

He gave her $15, but then told her: “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.” 

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The congregation had pooled together $1,046 to give to the driver. Markle presented her with a huge stack of bills, and Natasha broke into tears. She embraced him and said, "Thank you so much."

"I hope that this can help you," Markle said. "I don't know what's going on in your life."

"It can help a lot," she replied. "Thank you so much. Thank you everybody."

The congregation, which draws about 500 to 600 people each week, was wrapping up a sermon series on "I was Broke. Now I'm Not" and a monthly missions emphasis on "Random Acts of Kindness," according to the Columbus Dispatch.