Justin Timberlake donates new wheelchair accessible van for Morristown teen

Human Interest

MORRISTOWN, Tenn. (WJHL) – A teen in Morristown, popular for sitting outside his house surrounded by signs reading “honk if you’re happy,” received a gift Wednesday from a Tennessee-born entertainer known across the globe – Justin Timberlake.

Jake Stitt

Jake Stitt, 17, is wheelchair-bound due to his cerebral palsy, and his family does not have a wheelchair accessible van.

On Wednesday, that changed when Stitt’s family received a van from pop icon Justin Timberlake.

Timberlake found out about an effort to raise money to buy Stitt a wheelchair accessible van. He reached out to the family on Tuesday and bought it.

“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 explained about Timberlake. “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.”

A $35,000 gift that Jake and his father Tim Stitt found out about Wednesday morning.

“It’s going to make his life much easier as we go into our future and it’s going to make my life a lot easier because there’s not many people that can lift him up and sit him in a van like he needs,” Tim Stitt said. “It’s going to make our lives so much easier because of the independence he’s going to have as a young man now.”

Justin Timberlake told Jake the news over a zoom call and then around 3 p.m. Wednesday, the van was delivered in a parade that came right to their house.

“It was a blessing and God bless,” Jake told News Channel 11.

Thousands of dollars raised to purchase the van will not go to waste.

Timberlake’s wish was that if he purchased the van, all money donated for the project would go to the Stitt family to help with Jake’s care.

“God’s always provided for us and we keep our faith and we’re thankful everyday,” Tim Stitt said. “It is a true meaning to thanksgiving and all that’s happened and stuff 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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