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WATCH: Co-workers buy car for single father who walked 11 miles to work every day

4 years 11 months 2 weeks ago Thursday, February 15 2018 Feb 15, 2018 February 15, 2018 2:16 PM February 15, 2018 in News
Source: CNN

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - A 21-year-old man who walked 11 miles to his job on a daily basis, got some much-needed help from his co-workers this week.

Trenton Lewis is a single father who's spent months making the long trek to his job at UPS every single morning, leaving as early as 4 a.m. so he can support his 14-month-old daughter.

According to CNN, Lewis never complained to his fellow employees about his long walks, but Patricia "Mama Pat" Bryant took notice nonetheless.

"She was like a second mom," Lewis said of Bryant. "She actually got upset with me when she found out I was walking to work."

Bryant and her husband, Kenneth, have both put in nearly 40 years at UPS.

"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,'" Kenneth Bryant said. "If a guy can do that, we can pitch in to help."

The Bryants quietly shared Lewis' story with their fellow workers and took up a collection to buy their determined colleague a car.

Most of the employees didn't even know Lewis but were impressed with his commitment.

Once they'd gathered up enough money to buy Lewis a 2006 Saturn Ion, the group lured him into the parking lot for a "union meeting". That's when Bryant pulled the keys out of his pocket.

"God always has something for you," Lewis said. "I'm never going to forget this, ever."

After Lewis profusely thanked all of the workers who had chipped in, he took the car for a spin.

His first destination? Picking up his daughter for lunch, of course.

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