Update: Michigan man who walked 20+ miles to work is surprised with new car

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Updated 1/6/15 at 7:46 p.m.

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James Robertson, the man who treks for more than 20 miles to work every day has been given a shiny red 2015 Ford Taurus after more than $300,000 was raised for the 56-year-old.

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DETROIT – Donations are pouring in for a Michigan man who walks more than 20 miles round-trip to and from work.

According to the Detroit Free Press, 56-year-old James Robertson walks about 21 miles in round trips from his home to his manufacturing job.

“I can’t imagine not working,” he said.

Robertson says he has been making the trip ever since his car quit on him in 2005.

Since buses don’t cover the full distance between Robertson’s home and his job, he walks about 8 miles to work, and about 13 miles home, The Detroit Free Press reported.

“The last five years been really tough because the buses cut back,” Robertson says.

Not only does Robertson make the long commute Monday through Friday, he has a perfect attendance record.

“I set our attendance standard by this man,” Todd Wilson, plant manager at Schain Mold & Engineering told the newspaper. “I say, if this man can get here, walking all those miles through snow and rain, well I’ll tell you, I have people in Pontiac 10 minutes away and they say they can’t get here — bull!”

After reading Robertson’s story, one college student started a GoFundMe page to help raise money for a new car for the Detroit man.

“I just used my phone. I created the go-funding site and within an hour we had $2,000,” he said.

The goal for the page was to raise $25,000.  In just one day, more than $116,000 has been pledged.

Read more on Robertson’s story at the Detroit Free Press.


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