Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Detroit man who walks to work 21 miles a day gets $60,000 in donations

Detroit man who walks to work 21 miles a day gets $60,000 in donations

Strangers raise $60,000 to buy Detroit man who walks to work 21 miles a day a car. This has inspired a Michigan college student to launch a marketing campaign online to buy him a car. The campaign was a success thanks to the many people who donated. It has raised more than $60,000 in one day. 

56-year-old James Robertson spends nearly all of his free time during the week commuting to his $10.55 an hour factory job in Rochester Hills. The bus system doesn't cover 23 mile route. Robertson begins his morning commute at 8 a.m. to catch buses that take him to a Troy, Mich., he then walks an extra 7 miles, where he begins his 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. shift. 

Even with the long days and hours, Robertson holds a perfect attendance record. Todd Wilson, plant manager at Schain Mold & Engineering, told the paper. "I say, if this man can get here, walking all those miles through snow and rain, well I'll tell you, I have people in Pontiac 10 minutes away and they say they can't get here — bull!" "I keep a rhythm in my head," Robertson said referring to his commute. Since 2005 Robertson has been making four-hour commute to work everday when his Honda Accord broke down on him. Robertson walks 7 miles back to the mall, where he catches the last bus of the day, just before 1 a.m. From there, he walks roughly 5 miles back to home through what he describes as a dangerous section of town. 

 "I have to go through Highland Park, and you never know what you're going to run into," Robertson says. "It's pretty dangerous. Really, it is, from 8 Mile on down. They're not the type of people you want to run into. But I've never had any trouble." By the time he gets home, at 4 a.m., it's almost time to do it again. 

Evan Leedy, a 19-year-old computer science major at Wayne State University, became motivated to set up the campaign on GoFundMe. He had raised $62,444 with close to 2,000 donations. Leedy specified, all the money raised will be set aside for Robertson's car, insurance, gas and maintenance. Meanwhile, a local car dealership has offered to give Robertson a free car.

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