Pizza Delivery Driver Fights Poverty

| by Daniel Rivera
Angela Nguyen And Lee HaaseAngela Nguyen And Lee Haase

What seemed like an ordinary pizza delivery would change one man's life forever.

Angela Nguyen has delivered Domino's pizza to people from all walks of life in Minnesota, but when she arrived to a small trailer on the outskirts of Anoka County, she discovered her customer was inside, KARE 11 News reports.

Lee Haase, 76, had been living alone in extreme poverty after a storm critically damaged his home. Soon after, his son was killed in an accident.

"Lee has told me that he's pretty much given up on life," Nguyen told KARE 11.

"Living in this trailer with no heat, no sanitation whatsoever — he has no toilet, no water, nothing — is not acceptable to me," she added.

Nguyen took it upon herself to provide Haase with a heater, and even started a GoFundMe page to raise money for food and a proper home for him. The campaign has received more than $9,000, and its goal is to raise $20,000.

"It's hard to explain [how I feel]," Haase said. "Just pretty awesome."

According to Census information from 2014, 6.6 percent of Americans live in deep poverty, which is defined as people whose income is 50 percent below the poverty line.

Despite a falling unemployment rate, the country continues to struggle making ends meet. Nearly 47 million Americans, or 14.9 percent, earn less than $24,000 a year.

Sources: KARE 11, Go Fund Me, The Atlantic, Census Table 22 / Photo credit: Ivory Hecker/KARE 11