Hard work truly pays off — that's the message that a group of charitable Texans wanted to convey when they came together to buy a car for a local man.
According to Fox 11, the motivation for the gift came last week when Andy Mitchell spotted a young man, 20-year-old Justin Korva, walking in the sweltering heat. Mitchell gave Korva a lift to a Taco Casa restaurant where he works in Rockwall, Texas. While in the car, though, the two started chatting. Korva told Mitchell that he’d been saving up to buy a car, but in the meantime, he had to walk three miles to work every day.
The young man made such an impression Mitchell that he posted to his Facebook account commending Korva for still making it to work, despite not having a vehicle. He wrote, "To all the people that say they want to work but can't find a job or don't have a vehicle all I can say is you don't want it bad enough!"
After, Mitchell told his friends about Korva’s situation. They were so inspired that they decided to secretly start collecting funds for a new car. A donation box was set up at a local restaurant, and within 48 hours, the group had raised more than enough money to buy Korva a vehicle.
The 20-year-old had no idea what was going on until last Friday, when he was handed the keys to his very own car. Mitchell’s wife recorded the surprise, and posted it on Facebook.
In addition to the car, the group also gave Korva a $500 gas card, one year of insurance, and two years of free oil changes.
Korva said, "It's just an instant blessing, an instant surprise.” He also says that hopefully one day he will be able to pay it forward for someone that’s in a similar situation.
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