Donations pour in for Detroit man who walks 21 miles for his daily commute

There are tiring commutes. And then there’s James Robertson’s commute.

The 56-year-old Detroit man walks 21 miles every weekday as part of his journey to and from the factory where he works.

James Robertson, far right, walks 21-miles to and from work each day. Monday, along with friend Blake Pollack, Robertson met Evan Leedy, who helped raise more than $200,000 for him to buy a new car.
James Robertson, far right, walks 21-miles to and from work each day. Monday, along with friend Blake Pollack, Robertson met Evan Leedy, who helped raise more than $200,000 for him to buy a new car.

“I never thought anything I did would garner this much attention,” Robertson told CNN.

Robertson takes the bus some of the way, but for the past decade, ever since his car broke down, he has trudged the better part of a marathon each workday. Rain, snow or shine.

After reading about Robertson’s commute in a Detroit Free Press article from over the weekend, college student Evan Leedy was moved. Like Robertson, the 19-year-old lives and works in two different counties, so he spends a great deal commuting himself. Only Leedy has a car.

Leedy decided to set up an online fundraiser to buy Robertson a new car.

“My first car cost $3,000,” Leedy said, “So I set the goal at $5,000. Within an hour, we’d raised $2,000.”

Leedy’s fundraiser on GoFundMe has blown past its original goal, reaching a total of more than $215,000 Tuesday.

http://www.cnn.com/2015/02/03/us/detroit-man-walks-21-miles-for-daily-commute/index.html

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