Giving a stranger a ride to work is an inspiring act of generosity in itself, but Andy Mitchell took it one big step further:
He got the man his own car.
To get to his job at Taco Casa, Justin Korva had been walking three miles to work every day, unable to afford a car. When Andy offered him a ride, the two became friendly, and according to Fox 4 Justin spoke about how he was trying to improve himself and save up for his own car.
Justin’s determination, in spite of the obstacles, made an impression on Andy.
He posted a photo of his new friend on Facebook.
Meet my friend justin! I picked this boy up this am and gave him a ride to work at taco casa. He told me he walks 3…
Inspired by his no-excuses attitude, Andy and his friends then decided to try to help Justin out, and through social media, they were able to get a lot of donations.
They raised enough to buy Justin a brand new Toyota Camry, with a year of insurance, two years of free oil changes and a $500 gas card.
I picked up my friend this morning walking to work. Today will be his last day to walk to work. I'm so thankful for…
After giving his new friend one last ride to work, Andy and his friends waited outside Taco Casa to surprise Justin with an amazing gift.
Andy told Justin that their meeting “inspired [him] to be a better person,” and explained the outpouring of sympathy and support he had received, and then gave him the big reveal:
“Instead of walking to work, buddy, you’re driving this car for now on.”
I can't say how thankful I am for the outpouring of donations for justin. Sammie and I purchased this car this morning…
“This community, there’s nothing we love better than someone who works hard,” one of the friends adds. “It’s so hot out here, I can’t even imagine walking one mile in this heat.”
They explain that they weren’t sure whether or not to record the event, but decided to make it public in the hopes that it will inspire others to keep working honestly. “We wanted to put this out there, maybe inspire someone else to do what you’ve done, to stay focused.”
“Just when you think there’s no end to the tunnel, you never know what tomorrow brings.”
Andy’s wife, Mandi, live-streamed the heartwarming reveal on Facebook:
Even more inspiring, Justin said to Fox 4 that he hopes he can one day pay it forward and do the same favor for somebody in his situation.