Thousands Reach Out To Help Man Walking 21-Mile Commute Every Day

Feb 4, 2015

James Robertson, a 56-year-old man, is dedicated to his job at Schain Mold and Engineering, a plastic parts manufacturer. He is so dedicated that he walks 21 of the 46 miles it takes to commute to and from his home. Living in Detroit, Robertson uses what little public transportation is available and walks the remainder of the distance to his job in Rochester Hills, Michigan. For ten years, this has been his routine, ever since his 1988 Honda Accord died out.

Robertson leaves every morning at 8 AM in order to be on time for his 2 PM shift at the factory, which ends at 10 PM. Robertson doesn’t make it home from work until 4 AM each day. Buying a new car is simply not an option on his $10.55 hourly wage, and since his home was actually inherited by his girlfriend, he’s unable to move closer to his job. Even with all of these obstacles, Robertson’s attendance record is squeaky clean and he works without complaint.

Robertson’s story was published in the Detroit Free Press, and thousands of Facebook members responded, determined to find ways to help him. Evan Leedy, a student at Detroit’s Wayne State University, had the brilliant idea to create a campaign on GoFundMe to raise money for Robertson to buy a car. Unsure if many would donate, Leedy set the goal at $5,000.

But, in just one day, Leedy’s campaign had raised almost $50,000 and has grown to $140,000. With this amount, Robertson could go well beyond just buying a car. In fact, Chevy and Honda had both heard the story and wanted to donate a car to Robertson. This incredible act of kindness just granted Robertson not only with the car he needs, but anything else he may have his sights set on.

Credit: Detroit Free Press

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