A deserving high school senior has been gifted his very own set of wheels after a woman found out he was walking 7 miles after classes, every day, to attend his 40-hour-a-week employment at a restaurant.
“When I get out of school around 3:30 I will go straight to work,” he explained. “I walk to work and I work six to eight hours, and get off and walk straight home.”
Sutton makes the 7-mile journey each day to his job as a server and then makes another 5-mile journey back to his house after he gets off work at 10:30 p.m. if co-workers don’t offer him a ride. Despite rain or shine, the youngster has made the effort to walk, hoping to save money for a car. However, thanks to Lavonda Wright, the mother of the teen’s friend, his walking days are over.
The mom offered to drive Sutton as far as she was going until she heard his story. “Immediately my heart got full,” she explained. “I was literally holding back tears... I said, ‘Baby I’ll be taking you all the way to work, forget my plans for now.’”
Inspired by the young boy, Wright told Sutton that she would be paying for his Uber rides for the next week so that his body could rest.
Wright was also compelled to do more and spent the following days concocting a plan of action.
Wright also has plans for the almost $2,500 that has amassed since the car was purchased. “We’re still trying to pay Jayden’s car insurance up for the year, assist with gas, assist his mother,” Wright told The Epoch Times via Facebook.
Sutton’s mother lost her job, and her car was totaled.
Sutton, overwhelmed, embraced Wright and said, “I just want to say thank you. A million times. You don’t understand how much.”
“If you’re doing something good or trying to reach a goal, keep doing it,” the grateful senior advised others. “You might get some help. That’s what happened to me.”
“His beautiful mom was present and we’ve connected on new levels like we’ve known each other for years,” Wright added. “Making a difference in this world is truly needed right now! I’m overwhelmed in God’s love.”