UPDATE: James Robertson just received his car, a new Ford Taurus!
Fifty-six-year-old James Robertson walks more than 21 miles per day to get to and from his factory job near Detroit — and he's got a perfect attendance record. While his exhausting trek lasts longer than the actual workday at Schain Mold & Engineering, Robertson has walked the distance daily for nearly a decade because local transit does not cover the distance. Since he makes less than $11 per hour at his labor-intensive job, the employee hasn't been able to replace his car in the 10 years since it died — but thanks to the Internet, that's about to change.
An online crowdfunding campaign established in Robertson's name has raised far more than the cost of a car; thanks to the generosity of Internet strangers moved by his story, the factory worker may be able to buy a home closer to his workplace! He has specified a Ford Taurus because: "It's simple on the outside and strong on the inside – like me." James finally received his car, and we love this kicker, reported by Yahoo: "Then Robertson left — because despite all the attention, he still had to get to his 2 p.m. factory shift on time, and nothing stops James Robertson."
Over $300K has been donated to his cause so far, and the number continues to rise. People nationwide have been moved by Robertson's dedication and work ethic, which has led to an astounding effort to change his life. To contribute, you can donate monetarily or in kind words. Watch the man's inspirational story and be sure to share — after all, who knows what incredible things the online community is capable of doing for him?