MORRISTOWN, Tenn. — Seventeen-year-old Jake Stitt received a Zoom call Wednesday that has already changed his life.
Friends and relatives of the Stitt family have been fundraising to buy Jake, who has cerebral palsy, a wheelchair-accessible van, and the Tennessee teen found out on the video call that none other than singer and actor Justin Timberlake wanted to help.
“It’s my pleasure. Like I said, I heard there was a goal to try to get this van before Thanksgiving. I heard your story and saw a little news clip about it,” Timberlake, 39, told Jake on the call, according to People.
“I was so moved that I want you guys to have this van. I’m going to cover all the costs. I want you guys to have a great holiday. You inspire me, Jake,” Timberlake, a Tennessee native, added.
“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 Stitt, Jake’s father, explained to WJHL about Timberlake’s involvement.
“It was just a blessing to be able to speak to that gentleman and for him to be able to meet Jake and see what he needed,” Tim Stitt added.
And with the big-ticket purchase taken care of in full by Timberlake, the $35,000 in donations already collected can now be redirected to the Stitt family’s care of Jake, the TV station reported.
“God’s always provided for us, and we keep our faith, and we’re thankful every day,” Tim Stitt said, adding, “It is a true meaning to Thanksgiving … and it’s a blessing to our family. To make us be able to have peace and relax more and not have to have worries is amazing. It’s very humbling.”
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