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Group Buys Hardworking Stranger A Car

| by Michael Doherty
A car.A car.

An inspiring group of strangers pooled their money to buy a car for a Texas man who walked 3 miles each way to work.

Andy Mitchell, of Rockwall, Texas, made a Facebook post about how he had seen 20-year-old Justin Korva walking to his job at a fast-food restaurant in 90-degree weather, and offered the man a ride, WJW reports.

Mitchell posted a photo of himself and Korva, captioning the image: "To all the people that say they want to work but can't find a job or don't have a vehicle all I can say is you don't want it bad enough!"

After he heard Korva's story, Mitchell and a group of friends decided to collect funds to help the man get a car so that he wouldn't need to walk the long trek to his job, KDFW reports.

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After Mitchell's post gained attention from those in the area on social media, the group managed to raise $5,500 for Korva's car in 48 hours. A local pizza restaurant, owned by Samee Dowlatshahi, also set up a donation box for the man.

Dowlatshahi's friend at a Toyota dealership, Danny Rawls, helped the group find a white 2004 Toyota Camry for Korva. The group was also able to pay for Korva's insurance for one year and his oil changes for two years, as well as a gas card for $500.

"I presented it to my general manager and said, 'Hey, let's help the kid. It seems like a great story,'" said Rawls, who said that his boss agreed to reduce the price on the car, according to CBS. "I sent [Dowlatshahi] a private message and said, 'Give me a call. I have a nice car that would work for the kid.'"

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On June 23, the group took the car to Taco Casa, where Korva works, and presented him with the gift. Korva was overwhelmed with gratitude.

"Are you serious?" asked the 20-year-old.

"That's why I was saving for to get a car," Korva added. "It's just an instant blessing, an instant surprise."

"Justin, you can't imagine all the people who wanted to help you," said Mitchell. "So, instead of walking to work, buddy, you're driving this car from now on."

"We just want you to know, seriously, this community, nothing we love better than to have someone who works hard," said Dowlatshahi. "We take a lot of pride in that. It's so hot out here, I can't believe you walk even 1 mile in this heat."

Sources: WJW, KDFW, CBS / Photo credit: Israfun/Flickr, Facebook via CBS

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