Ellen Gives Pizza Shop Owner and A Formerly Homeless Man $10,000 To Help Him Feed Hungry
April 4, 2014
Derrick Walton went from being homeless to feeding the homeless at his own pizza restaurant. Once a week, he shuts down his restaurant to feed the homeless, even though he can't always afford it. Ellen and Bank of America were so touched by his selfless act of kindness that they gave him $10,000. Join Derrick and his selfless acts by grabbing a slice of pizza from his restaurant.
The Des Moines, Iowa, pizza shop owner was once homeless after making a series of "poor choices" as a teen, and slept in abandoned cars and houses, he told DeGeneres on Wednesday. While trying to lift himself out of poverty, he pledged to help others if he ever had the means to do so."
I made a promise that if I ever got in a position where I could help somebody, I would give something back," Walton told Yahoo’s Good News blog.
So when Walton opened Chef D's Pizza House earlier this year, one of the first ideas he put into practice was closing the shop on Monday nights to give free food to anyone who needs it -- even if he can’t always afford to do so.When DeGeneres caught wind of Walton’s story, she decided to step in and help.The talk show host invited Walton on her show on Wednesday and presented him with a $10,000 check. She also urged her viewers to patronize the giving pizza parlor."
My hope with having you on is to have lines around the block and have it so packed that you can afford to close on Monday nights," DeGeneres said, "and do what you’re doing because it’s such an amazing gesture."