James Robertson has been walking 21 miles to commute to work outside Detroit for nearly a decade — until today.
After his story became public last Sunday in the Detroit Free Press, an outpouring of support and donations culminated with Robertson taking the keys to a new Ford Taurus — one that he wasn’t expecting to get when he walked into the Suburban Ford dealership in Sterling Heights, Mich., today.
“I don’t like it,” he told the dealer. “I love it.”
Robertson’s plight — and his committment to his job despite the hurdles he faced in getting to work — sparked a donation campaign that’s raised $300,000 so far. More importantly, it’s highlighted the troubles of workers like Robertson have in getting from the Detroit they love to the jobs they need. Already, the city of Detroit has promised to boost a program it has for giving public transit to people like Robertson; it had sat on more than $1 million in federal grants for years without using them until last year.
This is such a heartwarming story of the mass public empathizing with a hard-working individual – someone who comes off as extremely grateful and humbled in regards to the media attention he’s been receiving as of late. Personally, I just love hearing these types of stories. Not just the stream of money being donated to help someone in need, but to hear about a person who is so devoted, has such an amazing work ethic, and genuinely deserves something better. The fact that James is being rewarded for his good deeds (so to speak) is just the icing on the cake!
Detroit ‘walking man’ James Robertson gets a new car – USA Today
Detroit man James Robertson, whose difficult commute made international headlines, gets new car – WJLA.com
What car should James Robertson buy to drive his famous 21-mile commute? – Autoblog