Imagine this: You have been unable to find a job for ages despite your best efforts, but you have not given up. At last, you find someone who is prepared to start you on trial. But the forces that want to keep you downtrodden don’t give up so easily—have you got the right stuff?
Walter Carr, of Birmingham, Alabama, faced such a scenario; he was due to start his new job the next morning 20 miles away—and his car broke down. What did Walter do? He just set off at midnight to walk to work. The police picked him up in the early hours and were so enamored with his story that they took him for breakfast—and then dropped him off at the job address. He was far too early.
The police told Carr’s story to Jenny Lamey’s family—the family who were to move that day, which Carr was assigned to assist. They were preparing to move all their belongings to a new home. The family invited him in to rest, but Carr was keen to get started before the rest of the Bellhops removalist team arrived.
Jenny Lamey was really touched by Carr’s story and his attitude, so she shared his story on social media, saying; “He is humble and kind and cheerful and he had big dreams … He is hardworking and tough.”
Word eventually trickled down to Luke Marklin, the CEO of Bellhops, and so impressed was he with the sheer determination of Carr that he gifted him something exceptional—the keys to his own 2014 Ford Escape.
“Decisions in your life that are sometimes big and that you make pretty quickly because they’re the right thing to do—and this was one of them,” Mr. Marklin told ABC33.
“I am honestly blown away by him,” said Marklin, according to The Western Journal. “Everything he did that day is exactly who we are—heart and grit. So far, he’s batting 1,000.”
Carr hopes to inspire others to fight for their dreams even when they seem too difficult to achieve.
“I wanted to show them that I have the dedication and that I always have (it) in my life and that I am going to get to this job one way or the other. I tell people if you think over 20 miles is a lot, then come walk in my shoes—because my shoes was really killing me that day,” he said, as reported by the New York Post.
“You can do anything you set your mind to,” he said tearfully. “I’ve got God by my side.”
“I’d like to give you this car right here. Today. Like right now. Like you can drive away with it,” Marklin told Carr, as reported by ABC33.
“It’s served my family really well,” he said, showing him the inside. “I think it will serve yours.”
See Carr’s reaction to his boss’s incredible gift in the video:
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