Justin Timberlake has drawn in praise after he gave the ultimate gift to a teenager with cerebral palsy.
One family is very grateful for Justin Timberlake this Thanksgiving.
The clip of the heartwarming gesture has gone viral online...
Now, of course, Timberlake began his career on The New Mickey Mouse Club, starring alongside Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera.And in 1995, he became a teen heartthrob with the boy group NSYNC.
The group had a hugely sucessful run in the '90s...Timberlake went solo in 2002, releasing the Grammy-winning album Justified.
His solo success has continued...And has even proved himself a talented actor, starring in movies like Alpha Dog (2006), The Social Network (2010), and In Time (2011).
But this week the star has hit the headlines for a very different reason...
The star has given the ultimate gift to a family in Morristown, Tennessee.Seventeen-year-old Jake Stitt — who lives with cerebral palsy — was on the receiving end of the pop star's generosity.
Jake and his dad Tim had been trying to raise enough funds to purchase an accessible van.Tim, a military veteran, told WJHL his back has gotten so bad from having to carry his son onto a regular van that he even has a disability now.
Jake and his father had already raised more than $35,000 for the van...But it looks like they won't have to spend a penny of it.
Because Timberlake has stepped in...After actor Michael Abbott Jr. shared Jake and Tim's story, it immediately caught Timberlake's attention.
Jake is known as something of a "celebrity," in his hometown, according to Abbott.“Jake sits outside the house and has a sign that says ‘honk if you’re happy,'" Abbott said. “He’s an incredible young man."
So, Timberlake took it upon himself to purchase the van for the family himself.Now, they'll get to keep the $35,000 to help with Jake's care! "It's my pleasure," Timberlake told the son and father over Zoom. "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."
“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 explained.“It’s going to make our lives so much easier because of the independence he’s going to have as a young man now."
Reactions to the heartwarming video came in strong...And many praised the singer for the generous move.
Watch the heartwarming clip below.
For more on Timberlake, scroll on for his and Jessica Biel's baby news...
The family raised $35k to cover the cost of the van but they’ll get to keep that money. Why?? Because @jtimberlake… https://t.co/P0tNB1FpW4— Sam Luther (@Sam Luther)1606336112.0