Proof that there is still good in the world.
A Georgia woman purchased a new car for a student who walked 7 miles to work each day, Fox News reports.
18-year-old Jayden Sutton is a high school senior from Cobb County, Georgia. Focusing on finishing up his school year, Sutton typically gets home from school around 3:30 pm each day before walking to work for a 6 to 7-hour shift at the restaurant and then walking back home. On average he totals about 7 miles each way, every day. His motivation, saving up so he can get himself a car, especially after his mother was in a car accident totaling her vehicle.
On December 10, 2020, local Atlanta resident Lavonda Wright Myers spotted Sutton walking on the side of the road in the rain. She offered to give him a ride to his job. During the trip she learned his story and how he was walking since he couldn’t afford Uber rides daily and hoped to one day purchase a car of his own.
“Once I dropped him off to work, his heart and determination filled my eyes with tears. He said, ‘Ma’am, I walk because I have to.’ He was smiling in good spirits, and that’s a child worth blessing,” Myers told reporters.
That’s when the good samaritan decided to help Sutton out, setting up a GoFundMe page and sharing his story online. Just two days later, she had raised $6,635 in donations. She bargained with the dealership to drop a car’s price down from $7,800 to $7,000, adding in $635 of her own money. Purchasing a vehicle for Sutton as a surprise. The unsuspecting teen arrived at the Honda dealership, utterly unaware of what was about to happen, and ended up leaving with a brand new car.
“I love her for it. I just want to thank you so much, you don’t even understand how much,” Sutton told Myers.
“I knew that if I had to walk to work every day to get a car, that is what I was going to do. If you’re doing something good or trying to reach a goal, keep doing it. You might get some help. That’s what happened to me,” Sutton said.
Myers said she’s just grateful that she could lend a helping hand. “We need more love in this world. Hate and division has plagued this world, and I’m determined to do my part, one person at a time,” she said.
Congratulations Jayden! Because of you, Lavonda, he can!
Photo Courtesy of Lavonda Wright Myers