Natasha Boyer was facing an eviction notice before the Sycamore Creek Church's random act of kindness

By Char Adams
October 15, 2015 09:05 AM

An Ohio pizza delivery driver found herself on the receiving end of a random act of kindness when a local church surprised her with a more than $1,000 tip – and it kept her from losing her home.

“We took up a special offering for a tip for you,” Sycamore Creek Church pastor Steve Markle told Natasha Boyer in front of the church’s congregation earlier this month.

“It’s $1,046, to be exact, and I hope that this can help you. I don’t know what’s going on in your life.”

Boyer, a 21-year-old single mother, woke up on Oct. 4 to find an eviction notice taped to her door. She went to work at a local Domino’s unsure of how she would make rent.

Natasha Boyer (left) and pastor Steve Markle

“I was trying to come up with a way to get almost $1,000 to try to figure out how to keep my home so I don’t lose my job,” Boyer told the Washington Post.

The Sycamore Creek Church in Pickerington ordered a large pepperoni pizza. Boyer had been warned that delivering the pie would mean doing so in front of the church’s entire congregation, the Post reports. She took the gig anyway.

The heartwarming act was captured on video and uploaded to YouTube on Oct. 4.

Boyer was welcomed on to the stage by Markle, who explained that the church had been learning about being generous.

He pulled out the wad of cash and Boyer stepped back in disbelief before sobbing and hugging the pastor.

Natasha Boyer (left) and pastor Steve Markle

“It will help a lot. Thank you so much. Thank you everybody,” she said between sobs as the congregation cheered.

The mother of one told NBC 4i that the tip “blessed me so much and it saved my house and my son’s house.”

She told the station that, thanks to the gift, she was able to pay her rent and the late fee.

“They saved me,” Boyer said of the congregation. “God saved me from losing my place. I mean, it was truly the biggest blessing that I’ve ever received.”

Markle told NBC that he didn’t know the mother was struggling to make ends meet. He said he believes it was God’s plan for her to make the delivery that day and receive the money.

Natasha Boyer (left) and pastor Steve Markle

“Just to know that it blessed [her] in that way and helped somebody that had a true need,” he said. “Boy that means so much to us and we’re just so thankful that it happened for [Boyer].”

The generous act has already garnered attention, with the YouTube video amassing more than 168,000 views and more than 100 shares on Facebook.

Markle told NBC that the church’s goal was to simply “bless somebody’s life.” He added: “We want to just encourage more people to think about how they can be generous to others.”

And encourage it did. Boyer told the station that the act of kindness has made her think about how she can be a better person.