He donated a van to help a youngster living with cerbral palsy.
Celebrities and cars don't always go together. Sure, some of them have great taste, but others really have more money than class. But once in a while, there's a celeb story in the news that is both good-natured and fosters positive sentiment. Justin Timberlake is the A-list star who is the subject of today's story, and he's just given a family in Morristown, Tennessee a big reason to be joyful this Thanksgiving by gifting them a van. But it's not just any van, and this particular one will make a bigger impact than the able-bodied can fully appreciate.
17-year-old Jake Stitt lives with cerebral palsy, and as you can imagine, this makes getting out and about particularly difficult. Jake's father, Tim, is a military veteran who has had to carry his son into a regular van for years and it's taken its toll on him, with his back now injured as a result. Despite these challenges, Jake has remained positive and would sit outside his house with a sign saying 'honk if you're happy'. This positive attitude and Jake's manner of spreading positivity is what caught Timberlake's attention, prompting him to donate a specially converted Dodge Journey van. "The honk if you're happy thing," said Timberlake over a Zoom call. "You got to keep that going. You guys gotta use this van to honk all over town now."
The family had already raised more than $35,000 to pay for the van themselves, something they wanted to achieve before Thanksgiving. Once JT saw that he could help, he decided that it would be better to provide the van and thus allow the family to use that money to take care of Jake. Timberlake added: "I want you guys to have a great holiday. You inspire me, Jake." In a year filled with bad-news stories, seeing the compassionate manner in which a celebrity can help those who really need it is always heartwarming. The world needs more of that, and not just in the holiday season.