Man Who Must Walk 21 Miles To Work Daily Gets A Big Boost From Internet Do-Gooders

He walks nearly a marathon to and from work every day, but strangers' generosity could mean those days are past.

Detroit's James Robertson walks 21 miles to work and back every day

Upon the story of James Robertson’s daily work commute is 21 miles. Not that big of a deal, until you learn he has to do it on foot, every day. After a newspaper profiled Robertson, the generous spirit of the Internet opened up to raise more than $40,000 to help him.

It would seem that Robertson is a very lucky man – but apart from luck he’s super hard-working. He has a perfect attendance record where he works at Schain Mold & Engineering.

Robertson lives in Detroit, but his job is in Rochester Hill, and because local transport doesn’t cover that distance entirely, he does what he has to: Walks a grand total of 21 miles to and from work every day, resulting in 22-hour work days.  

Bill Laitner narrated his touching story, which made the front page in Sunday's Detroit Free Press. And that inspired many people to help him in multiple ways.

Robertson was reportedly touched at the kindness of strangers who wanted to help buy him a car, pay his insurance and to provide professional help in managing the donations.

This massive form of generosity coming under one collective umbrella is credited to Evan Leeda, a 19-year-old college student who was moved by Robertson’s story and the amount of comments it had received online.

Using his phone, he set up a crowdfunding site, which raised $2,000 of its $5,000 target within an hour. The goal was epically surpassed by Sunday evening, gaining a total of $30,000. Now it’s over $42,000.

Having never missed a day of work and never having complained of the commute (in fact he rather enjoys it), 56-year-old Robertson is a fine example of hard work paying off.

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