Stories like this give us hope.
Earlier this month, Texas resident Andy Mitchell was driving in his car when he spotted a young man walking on the side of the road in 90-degree heat. So he decided to pull over and offer the man a ride.
The pedestrian was 20-year-old Justin Korva, who was on his way to work at the fast food restaurant Taco Casa. After he accepted the ride, Korva told Mitchell he was forced to walk three miles both ways, as he didn’t have the means to buy a car. The story affected Mitchell so much, he eventually shared it with his community via Facebook:
“To all the people what say they want to work but can’t find a job or don’t have a vehicle, all I can say is you don’t want it bad enough,” Mitchell wrote.
According to the Independent, the post ended up reaching Samee Dowlatshahi, the owner of a local pizzeria. Dowlatshahi decided he’d help purchase a vehicle for Korva by seting up a secret donation box at his business. Within 48 hours, community members had pitched in $5,500.
Mitchell then took the money to a local dealership and purchased a 2004 Toyota Camry. The leftover money went toward a $500 gas card as well as a year’s worth of insurance.
Mitchell presented Korva the car after one of his work shifts.
“Instead of you walking to work buddy, you’re driving this car from now on,” Mitchell reportedly told him. “It’s paid for in full, all you’ve got to do is drive it.”