Trenton Lewis, of Little Rock, Arkansas, knows how difficult it can be to commute to a job. The 21-year-old single father had to walk 11 miles every day, on foot, just to make to his job at UPS. He had to. Had to keep earning an income to take care of his 14-month-old daughter, Karmen.
Perhaps the most stunning aspect of this scenario is not that he had to walk so far, or that he was a single dad, but that he simply did not tell anyone at work about his commute. Out of humility, or perhaps motivated by stubborn pride, he kept the secret to himself.
“My pride is strong,” he told CNN. “Whatever [Karmen] needs, I’m the person who is supposed to provide it for her.”
So he kept the secret to himself for seven months. But there was no way he was going to keep the secret forever.
When Patricia “Mama Pat” Bryant wrung it out of him, she immediately took action. Working behind the scenes, she organized a movement on Trenton Lewis’s behalf that involved workers at the UPS facility who had never personally met him, but were inspired by his struggle.
Last week, Lewis was called to a union meeting. So he joined his employees outside.
Waiting for him was a 2006 Saturn Ion that the company employees had bought for him. Among them, they were able to muster almost $2,000 to purchase the vehicle. According to CNN, Bryant was able to negotiate a fair price for the car once the owner realized who it was going to.
“I was emotionally moved. My heart just fell,” said Lewis.
Of Bryant, he said that “she was like a second mom. She actually got upset with me when she found out I was walking to work.”
The first errand he made in his new car was to pick up his daughter to get a bite to eat. Lewis thanked his co-workers profusely.
“God always has something for you,” he said. “I’m never going to forget this ever.”
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