An Alabama high school custodian was reduced to tears, because of an act of kindness from his colleagues. When his car broke down and he was unable to replace it, school faculty members gifted him a new set of wheels in a touching surprise reveal.
Citronelle High School custodian Samuel James was forced to start walking to work, and told principal Randy Campbell that he would have to save up to replace his vehicle’s blown engine. Word quickly spread.
English teacher Deborah Pippin and her husband Jeff, the school’s academy specialist, just happened to have an SUV they wanted to give away. As a cherished colleague who'd worked at Citronelle for over a decade, James was an ideal recipient.
“Our custodian Samuel James has been without a vehicle for some time, and has also been down with an injury recently,” school staff posted. “We at Citronelle High wanted to help him out and get him back on his feet.”
They thanked James for his many years of service and for keeping the school’s athletic facilities and grounds in “great shape.”
Getting ready for his first drive in his new SUV, James said he felt blessed for the gift and to have the Pippins as “real good friends.”
“I’ve been knowing this family for the good eight, nine years that I’ve been here and they’ve always been good to me,” he shared. “I’m just thankful that the Lord sent them my way to let me get this right here.”