Having a job is an extremely important part of life. Unfortunately, they’re almost never in your back yard, and you need transportation to get you there and back home. Some people are extremely dedicated to their jobs, even without cars, and others notice, and here are 10 stories on the surprises some got after walking to their jobs.
1. In Roeland Park, Kansas, Samuel Meixueiro had fallen on hard times. He had lost his home, and was having to sleep in a church just walking distance from his job, so he could keep that job
Someone had called the police on him when they believed he looked suspicious. So police stopped by and talked to him. “I’m doing the best I can,” he told them.
The officers left, but half an hour later, they returned and gave him a bike and a duffel bag for him to carry the few things he had with him. Samuel broke down and cried, thanking the officers.
One of those officer said: “It made my day. It made my career.”
2. 56-year-old James Robertson used to drive his Honda Accord to work in Michigan. But it broke down, and the factory worker was forced to walk over 10 miles to get to his job… and then another 10 miles to get back home.
For a small distance, he rides a bus, but for the most part, he walks. When 19-year-old Evan Leedy found out about this, he started a GoFundMe campaign for James with a $5,000 goal.
Incredibly $230,000 poured in from those who wanted to help. James could get practically any fancy car he wanted. But he settled for a Ford Taurus. The rest of the money will go for his future.
3. A 19-year-old, Jourdan Duncan, from Vallejo, California, would spend four hours a day walking to and from his job in Benicia, after his car broke down. He was trying to save up money from his job to buy a new car and pay for college. His dad had recently had knee surgery and could not drive, and he never asked for rides because he didn’t want to be a burden to others.
When a local police office stopped and talked to him one day, he realized that Jourdan was quite a young man, and he gave him a ride back home. During that ride, Jordan told the officer that he wanted to be a policeman some day.
A few days later, some officers from the Benecia Police Department presented Jordan with a nice mountain bike. Jourdan was shocked, and extremely appreciative to the police department.
Says Jourdan: “This bike is my best friend….I love this bike.”
4. 20-year-old Justin Korva of Rockwall, Texas, was walking about three miles to work every day. When Andy Mitchell found out about it, he and some friends got together and pitched in to help Justin out. They also set up a donation box at a pizzeria.
In just two days, Andy and his friends had collected enough to buy Justin a used car and handed over the keys to him. They also gave him a $500 gift card for gas and a year of car insurance. Needless to say, Justin was blown away, and gave a hug to Andy.
5. For a year and a half, Derrick Taylor walked about 7 miles to his job at the UPS Customer Center in Oxford, Alabama. He didn’t have a car.
So workers there got together and chipped in to get him one. They raised enough money to buy him a Jeep Cherokee.
Says a shocked and thankful Derrick: “It’s a great feeling to know that I’ve got people around me like that.”