Every day, Noah Robinson, a 19-year-old teenager from Michigan, rides his bike over 6 miles to get to work. No matter the weather, Robinson is committed to always getting to work on time, ready to start the day.
Robinson said he came from an unstable home life and was “on his own.” He hopes that this job will lead to a better life for himself.
“[It was the] only way I had to get here, you gotta get here somehow,” Robinson explained.
Robinson has worked for Glastender, a family-owned business that manufactures bar and restaurant equipment for the past six months. The other employees developed a very close relationship with Robinson, even considering him family. Proving that they may just be the best family ever, they decided to give him the greatest birthday present ever.
“I was out of words,” he shared with WNEM. “I was crying. I was happy.”
When Robinson recently came in for work on his birthday, he was shocked to find that his boss and co-workers all pitched in to buy him a car. The previous day, his boss had taken him to his driving test.
“Took me out to do some road practice first, and then he took me out to do my driver’s test,” Robinson said.
Robinson’s co-workers gave him a red vehicle, and the car even had a bow on it. In addition to the gift, Glastender paid for the car’s insurance. The trip for Robinson used to take him 46 minutes to get to work, but now it will only take a fraction of that.
Having had a tough childhood, Noah now has a new family.
“It was nice to be able to do it, because I think he now sees that he is a part of our family and he knows we’re going to be there for him,” said Dan McGrandy, one of Robinson’s co-workers.
McGrandy was the one who lead the charge to put together the gift for Robinson.
“Six-and-a-half miles one way. Rain, sleet, shine, whatever it was, he was riding his bike, and he was here on time all the time,” McGrandy shared. “Within a couple of weeks we had quite a bit of money donated towards finding him a car.”
“They’re good to work with. They are really nice people, and I really appreciate it,” Robinson said.
As for Robinson’s future, he says that he intends to continue working with Glastender. He plans to eventually go to college to learn welding.
In the meantime, Robinson is just enjoying his new car.
“I’ve been driving it for the whole weekend and even though, every time I get ready to step foot in the car, I’m like, ‘I can’t believe this is happening,'” Robinson shared.