Arkansas man who walked 11 miles each day to work receives car from coworkers
Trenton Lewis, a 21-year-old from Little Rock, Ark., walked 11 miles to and from work every day for seven months until recently when his coworkers came together to buy him a car. He never had transportation to get to work besides walking. Lewis’s coworkers learned of the journey he took every day to get to work, and they all came together so he would not have to take the journey anymore.
Lewis never told anyone about the journey he made. Lewis made the journey every day so he could work to support his daughter.
"My pride is strong. Whatever she needs, I'm the person who is supposed to provide it for her,” he told CNN.
Global News reported that Lewis would wake up at midnight every night to walk to be on time for his shift starting at four in the morning. After his shift was over, Lewis made the journey back home. No sources reported what time his shift was over every day.
According to CNN, Patricia Bryant, also named “Mama Pat,” was the first person to know of the journey he took. Around the UPS Facility where they work, Bryant is known as the “queen bee” in the workplace. Bryant and Kenneth, her husband, have been working at UPS for almost 40 years.
"She was like a second mom. She actually got upset with me when she found out I was walking to work," Lewis stated.
Kenneth stated, "For a young person to decide in their mind 'if I don't have a ride, if I can't get a ride then I'll walk.' If a guy can do that, we can pitch in to help."
The Bryant’s shared Lewis’s story to coworkers, but they did so quietly. A lot of employees did not know Lewis, but they were impressed with his story. A collection was taken up to raise money to buy Lewis a car, and together, the group raised almost $2,000 to buy a car. The seller was informed on the situation, and he worked with the Bryants to get a car at a good price.
After the car was purchased, the group called Lewis in for a “union meeting” and that is when he got the car. Kenneth gave Lewis the keys to a 2006 Saturn Ion.
"God always has something for you. I'm never going to forget this ever," Lewis stated about his coworkers coming together to buy him the car.
His first ride in the car was to take his daughter to get something to eat.