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Youth Who Walks 10 Miles To Work And Back Is Surprised (Video)

| by Denise Recalde

Alabama UPS staff members bought a used Jeep for a teenage co-worker who walked 10 miles to and from work every day in order to make enough money to care for his sick mother (video below). 

Derrick Taylor, 19, has spent a year and a half thus far loading and unloading UPS vans with packages for $11.90 an hour at the private postal center in Oxford, Alabama. 

Taylor has been working since age 14 to help support his sick mother. 

His routine was to walk five miles to the center in the dark hours of the night to begin 4 a.m. shifts and then walk back again -- without complaining -- so that he could help cover his family's bills and take care of his sick mother, the Daily Mail reports. 

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While his fellow workers offered to give him rides for at least one leg of the total walk, Taylor stated he was too proud to accept being helped and didn't like receiving assistance or money from his older siblings. 

In the end, Allie Steen, a colleague of Taylor's, said the staff raised $1,100 to acquire a used green Jeep Cherokee for him to use as a gift, Global News reports.

"He walked over seven miles to work, rain or shine, five days a week," Steen said. 

The youth did possess a driver's license but couldn't afford a car. 

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On Feb. 22, after Taylor's shift ended, they surprised the young man with the new car and recorded his reaction on video. 

In the footage, a colleague gives Taylor the keys to the car and says: "This is a hard working young man. He makes me emotional. ... This young man wants to work so bad, he walks to work from way out of town," The Sun reports.

He continued: "The group here, we've got some good news for you. Everybody came together and you don't have to walk no more.

"You've got your own ride. We want you to know we appreciate your hard work."

Taylor couldn't help shedding tears over the gesture.

He commented to the media: "I was overwhelmed with joy. No one had ever done anything like that for me so it made me cry and I'm not really the type to show my emotions." 

He added: "It's a great feeling to know that I got people around me like that.

"That really doesn't happen to folks that only work a year and a half." 

The young man is enjoying his gift and said: "It's nice to be able to take my mom places."

His goal is to become a driver for UPS so that he can invest in a college degree. 

"I wanna move up at UPS and become a driver and with the money I make as a driver I want to invest into something profitable. I really wanna go to school and get a degree in business and music engineering," he said. 

Sources: Daily Mail, Global News, The Sun, YouTube / Photo credit: Stephen Gross/The Anniston Star

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