A Domino's pizza delivery woman in Tennessee got the surprise of her life when a church congregation gave her a $1,400 tip.
Audrey Martin, 23, is a single mom with three children all under the age of five, ABC News reported. She works at a local Domino’s, delivering pizza to make ends meet.
“It’s definitely hard doing it all on my own,” Martin told ABC News. “I’m staying strong and I just have to thank the Lord.”
Martin wasn’t supposed to work on Nov. 22, but she decided to help out. An order was placed by Covenant Life Church.
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“They ordered 10 pizzas and when I got on stage [the pastor] had asked everybody to give me a good tip,” Martin told ABC News. “Everybody at the church got up and started handing the preacher money and it was just crazy. So many people got up.
“They started hugging me, it was just awesome. I couldn’t help but cry. It was just amazing.”
It turns out that Martin had just recently lost her apartment, and was forced to move back in with her mother. That’s why the $1,400 tip couldn’t have came at a better time.
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“Of course nobody knew ahead of time of just how much she needed this,” Pastor Tony McAfee said. “It was all done quietly and discreetly and it was all spontaneous. When I mentioned we wanted to give this lady a generous tip, people began to run...to the front and began to throw money on the platform. And they’ve never seen this lady before in their life.”
Martin said she plans on using the tip money wisely.
“It’s going to help a lot,” she said. “Not only with the kids’ Christmas, but I recently lost my apartment. I’m able to get a place for the kids and me, to finally be able to move out of my mom’s house.”
“It just makes me feel so blessed,” Martin added. “I always give to people. I never ask for anything in return. It’s just a shock that I have received this, especially in my need when everything is hard right now.”
As for McAfee, his church plans on doing more projects like this to help those who might be in a need.
“Here’s our motto: What flows from you determines what flows to you,” he said. “A little generosity, no matter what has been going on in your life, no matter how bad things seem to be in the world, generosity dispels darkness."