After discovering a customer living in extreme poverty, a Domino’s driver is changing his life and the along the way has inspired an entire community to act.
Angela Nguyen works for a Domino’s restaurant in Ham Lake, Minnesota, delivering pizzas. She first rolled up to a tiny camper and met 76-year-old Lee Haase during the summer.
She found Haase living in terrible circumstances with no heat, running water or plumbing, KARE 11 reports.
It was summertime and Nguyen told the news outlet she wasn’t “quite as concerned” that is until another driver recently discovered Haase shivering from the cold.
With winter approaching, Nguyen decided to help Haase and created a GoFundMe page.
Haase is retired and lives on a fixed income from social security. According to the GoFundMe page, Haase’s home was destroyed during a storm and he has been living in his trailer for years. He survives on one meal a day, eating Domino’s on the weekends.
He also lost his son in a snow mobile accident, Haase told KARE 11.
“Living in this trailer with no heat, no sanitation whatsoever […] is not acceptable to me,” Nguyen told KARE 11. “He’s a human being. He deserves to live like everybody else.”
Her initial intention was to rent Haase a small apartment through the winter. But after an overwhelming response from the community, Nguyen now plans to build Haase a new home.
A construction company contacted Nguyen and has volunteered to build Haase a small home on his property, KARE 11 reports.
“I’m amazed,” Nguyen told KARE 11. “I can’t believe that a community would come together this much.”
After starting the fundraising page, donors have already contributed more than $24,000 of the $25,000 goal. Strangers have donated food and money to Haase and even Domino’s Pizza Incorporated has donated $2,000 to the campaign.
“It’s hard to explain [how I feel],” Haase told KARE 11. “Just pretty awesome.”