WKYC Local News / Cliffside Malibu

$700 tip helps pizza delivery man get rehab support

December 7, 2015

It was Nov. 22 that changed 22-year-old Jeff Louis’s life. Overwhelmed after receiving a $700 tip from Lifepoint Church in Mentor, Louis shared how his heart overflowed in a raw account on YouTube.

$700 tip helps pizza delivery man get rehab support

(Photo: LifePoint Church)

The spontaneous $700 tip was a random act of kindness to a random pizza delivery guy.

“I’ve been having such a hard time lately. Just struggling to stay clean and everything, and I’m just trying to get my life back,” Louis said, wiping tears.

More than 1.3 million YouTube views later, one week to the day after Chanel 3′s first exclusive story aired, he’s at Cliffside Malibu. It’s a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center that’s dubbed the one of the top treatment facilities in the world.

CEO Richard Taite saw our story and told WKYC Channel 3 that he wanted to pick up the tab.

“He looked like he really wanted it, and I wanted him to have access to it.”

Access to the tune of $58,000 to $88,000 a month.

There it was for the taking in Malibu for the 22-year-old from Mentor, who moved so many by keeping it real in his struggle to break free from drug addiction.

“I felt it and I thought OK. I’ll take care of this. It’s our pleasure.”

It’s #TheGoodStuff snowball that started with a church congregation’s random act of kindness. It turned out to be worth so much more than 700 bucks.

A life changer, possibly a life saver.

“People die from prescription drug overdose and addiction all the all the time. This is a guy now who has the opportunity to get well and be the human being that he was always meant to be before being derailed by the drugs and alcohol in the first place. Channel 3 can feel really good about it because had you not shared his story, this guy wouldn’t be here. And rest assured, he’s going to have a good life,” said Taite.

And #TheGoodStuff keeps getting better.

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