There are moments when you only appreciate their magic years later.
One such moment unfolded shortly after Jenny and Mike Stevens opened the doors to their first Little Caesars franchise in North Fargo. Then they noticed something… someonecurious: a man who had been sitting in front of a gas station for more than two hours.
Speaking to TODAY, Jenny recalled having the motivation to take action. “My daughters and I looked out the window and asked if we should get him something,” she said, and they would soon discover the power a small gesture had.
“To the person who rummages through our trash for their next meal, you are human and worth more than a meal from a dumpster. Please stop by during opening hours for a couple of slices of hot pizza and a cup of water for free. No questions asked.”
Just like dough in the oven, a movement began to rise and simmer. Instead of going through the trash, others stopped by for a slice of pizza and water.
Over time, the Stevens would give away not just a slice, but an entire box of pizza to those in need.
Even tragic news couldn’t stop One Little Caesars Pizza Place from donating
Unfortunately, the Stevens’ helpfulness was soon challenged when they received the tragic news that patriarch Mike was diagnosed with leukemia.
While they could have taken a step back, true to Mike’s mission to help others, they not only continued, they expanded. Working with local homeless shelters, they gave away free pizzas to those in need every week.
They also set up a GoFundMe account to cover the basic costs of expanding the piece of the pie for everyone. It was a huge hit as they gave away over 142,000 slices — or over $70,000 worth of pizza — and countless smiles.
Jenny added that it’s now a weekly routine for her to stop by one of the shelters to serve a slice to the homeless.
I’ve been told that this is her favorite night. That little night of having pizza and movie night once a week may sound like a silly thing, but it makes an ongoing difference in these people’s lives
The best piece of life is not pizza – it helps others
Sadly, Mike died of leukemia at the age of 66, but Jenny said his legacy of love lives on.
“He was really, really following that,” she recalled. “It’s one small thing we can do to make a big difference in their day and it just keeps going. You have to come together to help each other. We just do it because it feels like the right thing to do.
“He said we have more than we need and these people are struggling to find their next meal, so why not help?”
How much would our lives change if we all gave something? With a little introspection we would see what we are doing receive of giving is far more than that costs of giving.
https://womenafter40.com/why-a-local-little-caesars-delivered-over-70k-worth-of-pizza-for-free/ Why a Local Little Caesars Delivered over $70k Worth of Pizza – For Free – Women After 40