After Years Of Delivering Pizza To This House, She Finally Peeks Inside And Jumps Back

After Years Of Delivering Pizza To This House, She Finally Peeks Inside And Jumps Back

Seeing The Truth

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She took a look inside, and her jaw almost hit the floor. She couldn’t believe what her eyes were seeing, just like she couldn’t believe it had taken her such a long time to notice. She had known this man forever, coming to his house every week for years. Yet, she had no idea he was living like this. But now that she was aware of the truth, she knew she couldn’t just let it go.

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Just A Pizza Delivery Driver

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Never in her wildest dreams did Angela Nguyen think she’d ever get so involved in one of her customers’ lives. She’s a pizza delivery driver for Domino’s so her interaction with people hardly ever goes past an exchange of goods at their doorways. Sure, she’s always friendly and personable so they’ll give her better tips, but that’s about the extent of her relationship with the people she delivers pizzas to. Lee Haase, though, was different.

Loyal Customer

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Lee Haase is now 76 years old, but he’s been a Domino’s customer for years. Every Saturday, for as long as the staff at the Ham Lake Domino’s Pizza can remember, they get a call from Lee at around 10:15. Such customer loyalty is actually not uncommon for elderly or housebound people, because ordering from Domino’s is easy, affordable, and reliable. So Lee became part of the Domino’s staff everyday life - but they had no idea what hid behind his door.

Something's Not Right

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Angela and her daughter Sara Hughes are two of the drivers who regularly deliver pizzas to Lee. After years of working at Domino’s, they’ve gotten to know his routine and talk to him like he’s a friend. That said, they never really knew how he was living. Until one day, when Sara was delivering him a pizza and he had to go back inside to get change. She had a chance to peek inside and gasped at what she saw.

Not An Ideal Living Situation

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Lee had been living in a 12-foot camper since the previous fall when a powerful storm had damaged the roof of his house and forced him to evacuate. Angela and Sara figured this was a temporary situation until he could scrape up enough money to fix his roof. But when Sara took a look inside the camper, she realized there was more going on than they thought. Lee’s situation was much worse than anybody knew.

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Living In Squalor

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There was a foul smell coming from inside the camper, aside from all the clutter and mess she could see from the doorway. It was also cold and dark inside, and Sara noticed none of the lights were on. When she asked Lee about this, he revealed the truth: his camper had no electricity, no heat, and no plumbing. Sara couldn’t believe he would want to live like this - but then she learned the reason why.

One Tragedy After Another

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Shortly after the storm that forced Lee to move out of his house, his son passed away in a snowmobile accident. He found himself broke, homeless, and grieving. He felt like he had lost the will to live, and so he didn’t care that he was living in squalor. Yet he continued ordering Domino’s Pizza every Saturday, one of the only things that still brought him joy and comfort. But Sara knew she had to do something about this.

Can't Let This Continue

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Sara told her mother what she had learned about Lee. At first, Angela was shocked that she hadn’t realized what the old man was going through. Then she resolved to take action. "I thought we got to do something,” she said. “We got to do something. We can't let a human being live like this." So she took matters into her own hands.

Wanting To Do More

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Angela bought Lee a heater for his camper so he wouldn’t be cold once temperatures started to drop. But she knew that wasn’t enough - the man was living in extreme poverty and needed serious help. Living on a pizza delivery driver salary, there wasn’t much Angela could do on her own. But then her daughter gave her the perfect idea.

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Going Online For Help

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Angela set up a GoFundMe campaign for Lee, explaining his plight and how he needed help after suffering such terrible losses. The story touched people’s hearts all over the world, and soon donations started pouring in. "We got donations from as far as Australia," said Angela, amazed at people’s solidarity. Two months later, Lee was about to get the surprise of his life.

More Than Enough

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The GoFundMe campaign had raised $32,000 - enough to buy Lee a new trailer home. Angela then rallied the Ham Lake community to help and ended up fully furnishing the trailer through donations. They even stocked the pantry and bathroom. And by the time Christmas rolled around, they were ready to show Lee his new home.

Welcome To Your Home

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Angela, Sara, and about a dozen volunteers from the community took Lee to unveil his brand new home. It was much bigger than the one he’d been living in - in fact, the bedroom alone could fit his old camper. Above the bed, they had placed a sign that reads “Joy, hope, love, peace, believe.” Lee was speechless.

Feeling The Love

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"You remember when this started and I promised you we were going to help you?" Sara told Lee as she gave him a hug. "Merry Christmas." The old man could hardly contain his emotions when thinking about what people had done for him. "It's wonderful," he said, his voice breaking and holding back tears. "I'm so grateful for the people doing this." But then Angela admitted it wasn’t a purely selfless act.

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Everyone Benefits

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"Every single one of us enjoyed doing this,” said Angela. “This ain't all for Lee. We all benefited." Indeed, doing something good for someone else fills your heart with love. And now Lee calls all these volunteers “his new extended family.” But it all started with two pizza delivery drivers - Sara and Angela. And it’s not the first good deed done by a Domino’s employee.

Another Domino's Good Deed

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Employees at a Domino’s Pizza in Salem, Oregon became worried when a customer who ordered from them every day hadn’t placed an order in 11 days. After going to his home and getting no response, they called 911. Police entered his house and found him on the ground. He’d apparently suffered a stroke. He was taken to the hospital where he recovered - and it was all thanks to the Domino’s staff who cared enough to check up on him.

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