Florida Man Gets New Truck From Longtime Customer

| by Reve Fisher
John Joyce.John Joyce.

A Florida man received the gift of a lifetime when a friend bought him a car so he wouldn't have to walk to his customers' houses.

John Joyce, 83, walked 5 to 6 miles a day to get to his customers' homes to mow their lawns. After the transmission died in his 1994 truck, he walked to his customers' homes to continue working on their yards. He's been working with some of his clients for 20 years, according to People.

"His knees swell up pretty bad if he walks too much," Kelly Wiggan, Joyce's daughter, told People. "My dad's a really good guy, he's old school, a good, kindhearted man and has a really close relationship with his customers."

The bond he has with customers is clear, as longtime customer and friend, Robert Norton, created a GoFundMe account to help Joyce in his time of need. In a few weeks, more than $13,000 had been donated to the crowd-funding page, so Norton and his wife were able to give Joyce a new truck.

"He was amazed too, he couldn't believe it," Norton said. "He looked like he was ready to start crying, and then I started crying."

The used car dealership sold the 2004 Nissan truck at cost, so they were able to also pay for Joyce's insurance, license places and a gift certificate for a new lawnmower.

"It was super exhilarating to do a good thing for such a good man," Norton proclaimed. "I'm at a loss of words. I've been through a whirlwind of ups and downs the last few weeks and it's nice to culminate on a feel good moment."

Norton's mother passed away a few days before his wedding in mid-October. He and his new wife came back home from their honeymoon and arranged everything for Joyce's new vehicle the following day.

"People's needs don't arise when it's convenient for you, they arise when they have needs," Norton explained to People. "John's needs didn't come at a convenient time, but we needed to help him. I didn't want him to have to wait."

Sources: People, (2) / Photo credit: Robert Norton via People