More often than we’d like, we hear about a celebrity acting selfishly. Thankfully, this is not one of those cases! Instead, when singer Justin Timberlake found out one of his fans had cerebral palsy, he acted immediately! Read on to discover how the star surprised a family in need…
A-List Support from Justin Timberlake
Like many of us, singer Justin Timberlake, famous for his solo career and time with NSYNC, likes to read heartwarming stories on the internet. One day, while reading online, he discovered the story of a 17-year-old Jake Stitt, a Tennesse native with cerebral palsy. As it turns out, Stitt also loves Timberlake! However, Stitt managed to make a name all on his own. In fact, it was actor Michael Abbott Jr. that turned Timberlake on to the story. You see, Stitt has become something of a local legend in his hometown of Morristown.
“Jake sits outside the house and has a sign that says ‘honk if you’re happy.’ He’s an incredible young man,” Abbott Jr. said. The young boy works hard every single day to bring some joy to his community. So, when Abbot Jr. heard that the Stitt family needed a new van, to move Jake around, he knew he needed to help. In the blink of an eye, plenty of others did as well! “Being from East Tennessee, I know people have big hearts,” Abbott Jr. told local news station WJHL. “And the generosity that pours out of that community is unheard of. So I know people will come forward and do what they know is right.”
However, no one expected Timberlake to come out and help the family. But like Abbott Jr., the singer knew that the gift was a small thing for him – but a massive contribution to the family. So, like some celebrity Santa, Timberlake magically sent the money across the country, purchasing one of the top-of-the-line vans for the family. But this incredible story does not end there!
Becoming Best Friends
Jake’s father, Tim Stitt, can still not believe Timberlake‘s generosity. “He caught the story and was just very touched with what was going on with this thing and he wanted to reach out and decided that he wanted to purchase the van for Jacob and his needs,” Tim said. “It was just a very blessing to be able to speak to that gentleman and for him to be able to meet Jake and see what he needed.” Meanwhile, a GoFundMe for the van had already raised $35,000. However, since Timberlake footed the entire van bill, that money can now go to supporting Jake’s needs!
Of course, Jake cannot believe his luck! He gets to drive around in a van purchased by one of his favorite singers. The Stitt family even had the chance to talk to Justin Timberlake via a zoom call! “It’s my pleasure,” Justin told Jake while they spoke to each other as best friends. “Like I said, I heard that there was a goal to try to get this van before Thanksgiving and I heard your story and I saw a little news clip about it. I was so moved that I want you guys to have this van. I’m going to cover all the costs. I want you to have a great holiday. You inspire me, Jake…You guys gotta use this van to honk all over town now!”