Detroit Man w/ 21-mile Walking Commute gets a Surprise

Detroit Man w/ 21-mile Walking Commute gets a Surprise

Meet James Robertson. James might be the hardest working guy you’ve seen, and not having a vehicle hasn’t stopped him from getting to work on time in 10 years. [Yahoo]

I’ve always been known to show up everybody,” said Robertson, a 56-year old Detroit man.

Robertson walks more than 20 miles for his daily commute from his home in Detroit to his factory job at Schain Mold & Engineering in Rochester Hills and back. But not anymore.

Evan Leedy, 19-year old Wayne State University student, read Pollock’s story on the Detroit Free Press Facebook page. He was moved to do something to try to help buy a car for Robertson, whose Honda Accord died in 2005. 

Leedy created a GoFundMe page for Robertson and set a goal of raising $5,000. Within a few hours donations exceeded that amount and the total has been growing since. As of 7:30 p.m. Monday, $91,406 had been raised from generous donors, including some from outside the U.S.

It’s turned into something that’s more than just a car and it could really change his life,” said Leedy.

Here’s the video of James getting his new car surprise.



About justin

He was the kid that you probably hated in elementary school. Loud, obnoxious, and attention-seeking, Justin was intent on getting what he wanted at all costs. After too many summers spent in some form of a plaster-cast, he settled for what his teachers couldn't stand: TALKING! As it turns out, it worked!