Trenton Lewis, a 21-year-old single dad from Little Rock, Arkansas, was determined to do whatever was necessary to provide for his 14-month-old daughter, Karmen.
As CNN reports, Lewis found a job at UPS and made sure he showed up to work every day for his 4 a.m. shift — on time.
With no other mode of transportation, he made the pre-dawn, 11-mile journey by foot.Screenshot/Kark 4 News
The father walked to work for seven long months. Although his “legs ached,” Lewis refused to ask for help.
He told CNN:
“I was banking on my feet.
My pride is strong… whatever she needs … I’m the person who is supposed to provide it for her.”
One day, Lewis’ coworkers Patricia “Mama Pat” Bryant, a “second mother” to Lewis, and her husband Kenneth heard about his 11-mile commute on foot and grew upset.
The Bryants decided to share Lewis’ ordeal with the other workers at the UPS facility. While his co-workers “admired his grit,” they wanted to help their colleague. Together, they devised a plan to make his life a bit easier.
Kenneth told CNN:
“For a young person to decide in their mind ‘if I don’t have a ride, if I can’t get a ride then I’ll walk’ … If a guy can do that, we can pitch in to help.”
He and Patricia organized an employee collection to buy Lewis a car. They raised almost $2,000 to purchase Lewis a 2006 Saturn Ion.
To make the unexpected gift extra special, Kenneth went as far as fixing a small dent on the bumper; he wanted the big reveal to be unforgettable.
The group lured Lewis to the parking lot for that brief “‘union meeting.'” Kenneth Bryant reached into his pocket, pulled out the keys to the 2006 Saturn Ion and stunned Lewis.
An overwhelmed Lewis told CNN:
“I was emotionally moved. My heart just fell. God always has something for you. I’m never going to forget this ever.”
Lewis thanked his co-workers profusely. And after being surprised with keys to his new vehicle, his first ride was to pick up his daughter.