Talk about a dedicated worker.
After James Robertson’s story appeared in the Detroit Free Press profiling how he walks 42 miles a day roundtrip to get to his $10.55 per hour factory job in Rochester Mills, Mich., hordes of readers sprung into action by contributing to a GoFundMe account so that he could buy a car, according to the New York Daily News.
The 56-year-old injection molder has somehow managed to trek to his job every day since his car broke down in 2005 — even through the worst weather — to faithfully complete his 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. shift.
Since none of Robertson’s co-workers live near him, he is unable to hitch a ride to or from work. Robertson — who has yet to miss one day of work — begins his day at 8:00 am, even walking through some treacherous areas along the famed 8 Mile, regardless of the weather.
The Motor City received more than 16 inches of snow on Monday and not even this has kept Robertson from walking the daily trek in order to maintain his perfect work attendance.
“I’ve had worse. This is reminiscent of those snowstorms last year, and I made it then,” he told The Detroit Free Press.
Since Robertson’s story broke, he has reportedly received hundreds of proffered vehicle donations, bus tickets, and bicycles. He was even offered a daily chauffeur service.
Robertson’s GoFundMe account, which is now at nearly $50,000 in donations, was started by Evan Leedy, 19, a Wayne State University student, who was moved by the conscientious employee’s plight. After Robertson’s article was published, Leedy read through various online comments from folks who wanted to reach out and help the man and decided that a fund would be just the right move.
“I just used my phone. I created the go-funding site and within an hour we had $2,000. I set the goal at the beginning of $5,000,” Leedy said.
The college student wants to make sure Robertson receives all of the money so that he won’t be forced to share with others, and that the money will also cover insurance and maintenance of the vehicle.
To donate to Robertson’s fund, click here.
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