On one scorching hot summer day, Andy Mitchell, of Rockwall, Texas, was driving to work when he saw another young man in a fast food uniform walking to work in the 95-degree heat. He decided to pull over.
When Mitchell rolled down his window, he offered 20-year-old Justin Korva, a ride to his job at Taco Casa. Neither of them knew it would be the beginning of something special.
While driving the young man to work, Mitchell learned that Korva regularly walked 3 miles to and from work every day. Furthermore, he found out that Korva was determined to save up money so he could one day by himself a car.
And thanks to Mitchell’s Facebook post about young Justin Korva, his new car came sooner than expected.
via CBS News:
Hundreds of people in the community saw his post, including Samee Dowlatshahi, owner of Samee’s Pizza Getti Italian Bistro & Lounge in Rockwell. Dowlatshahi offered to put a donation box inside his pizza joint to aid Korva in his quest to buy a car. In less than 48 hours, with some help from Mitchell, they’d raised more than $5,500.
That’s when Danny Rawls, general sales manager at Toyota of Rockwall and a friend of Dowlatshahi, heard Korva’s inspiring story.
“I presented it to my general manager and said, ‘Hey, let’s help the kid. It seems like a great story,'” Rawls told CBS News. His boss agreed, and the pair reduced the price on a 2004 Toyota Camry that was available.
Rawls then contacted Dowlatshahi and the wheels were in motion. Not only were they able to give Korva the Camry, but much, much more.
They had enough left over to pay for a year of insurance, two years’ worth of oil changes, and a $500 gas card.
I’m not crying, you’re crying.