James Robertson’s 1988 Honda Accord broke down on him a decade ago, and he’s been completing his 21 mile commute to work from Detroit to Rochester Hills on foot ever since. Despite this, the Schain Mold & Engineering employee is never late to work, with his employers using his perfect attendance record as a benchmark for all of its employees.
Robertson isn’t able to afford a car, and the high insurance rates in Detroit don’t help, either, but he will soon have some fresh new wheels thanks to the help of a few good Samaritans in the Detroit area.
It all started when a 19-year old university student saw a news report on James and decided to start a GoFund me page for him. The effort took off, with donations to the ‘Help James Robertson Get a Car’ fund sitting at nearly $300,000 at the time of this writing.
Word of Robertson’s struggle spread across the internet, and caught the attention of Rodgers Chevrolet in Woodhaven, Michigan. Store manager Joe Posby and salesman Darwin Filey decided they needed to give Robertson a car, and are offering him the choice between a Chevrolet Cruze or Sonic.
Robertson will only have to pay the $900 sales tax on the car, with the dealership covering the entire cost of the car itself. There’s no word on what his choice will be, but with $300,000 donated, he could land himself a pretty sweet ride for his daily commute.