Thanks to an incredible community fundraising effort, an 18-year-old who was walking seven miles to work—in order to save up money for a new car—has been gifted a new car.
According to Fox News’s account, Jayden Sutton, a high school senior from Cobb County, was presented a new car at a local Honda dealership earlier this month following a fundraising effort organized by Atlanta resident Lavonda Wright Myers.
Myers recalls first encountered the teenager walking on the side of the road in the rain in December, and since then, wanted to find a way to help Sutton.
“We need more love in this world,” she said. “Hate and division has plagued this world and I’m determined to do my part, one person at a time.”
She gave him a ride that day, and came to learn he was walking seven miles each way to work because he couldn’t afford rideshare rides. He also relayed that he was looking to purchase his own car with the money he was earning at his job.
“Once I dropped him off to work his heart and determination filled my eyes with tears,” she recalled. “He said ‘Ma’am, I walk because I have to.’ He was smiling in good spirit and that’s a child worth blessing.”
That led Myers to post a GoFundMe page, which raised $6,365 in donations toward the car. She then kicked in $635 of her own money, and the Honda dealership, Nalley Honda in Union City, dropped the price from $7,800 to $7,000.
“I just want to say thank you. A million times. You don’t understand how much,” Sutton told Myers in coverage captured by Fox 5 Atlanta.
He then had a message for those with a goal or a dream.
“If you’re doing something good or trying to reach a goal keep doing it. You might get some help,” Sutton said. “That’s what happened to me.”