Staff at the elementary school where Robert Reed works raised over $10,000 to buy him a truck. When he received the news, Reed dropped to his knees in shock and gratitude. He would no longer have to spend hours commuting to and from his job daily.
It only took four months of employment at Farmington Elementary School in Germantown, Tennessee for Robert Reed to become known as a tireless worker who always showed up with a smile.
The 60-year-old janitor, beloved by students and teachers, often looked for more ways to help out around the school, even after his duties were completed.
“No job’s too big or too small. I want to make a safe, clean, sanitized environment for the students…” Reed told WREG News Channel 3.
Everyone at the school agrees, “Mr. Robert adds a little sunshine to our school.” But what they came to know over time is that Mr. Robert was doing all that work, and staying friendly— after a hell of a commute.
Reed did not own a car and had to take three buses and walk 2 miles to get to the school on time. Then he did it all over again when he returned home at night.
Because of his strong relationships with faculty and staff, he could catch a ride to the bus at the end of some days, but still— most days he was leaving work around 3 pm and not getting home until after 7 pm.
But then the school took action to return Reed’s kindness and dedication. In just over 20 hours they raised $7,000 to help their friend and coworker buy a car. By the time fundraising ended, they’d brought in over $10,000.
Reed received the gift in an emotional video. He drops to his knees, in tears, thanking his colleagues.
Reed had planned to start a side business doing yard work as soon as he could afford a car, so he used the money to buy the truck he’d been wanting.