Texas strangers come together to gift a 20-year-old fast food employee, who walks six miles to and from work every day with a car and it has been captured on camera.
Justin Korva started crying when he was gifted the vehicle days after telling Andy Mitchell of Rockwall he was walking so he could save for a car of his own. Mitchell had gathered his community to raise money and after just 48 hours the efforts produced enough cash to buy the car.
The temperatures were around 95-degrees when Mitchell saw Korva walking alongside the road in his Taco Casa uniform on June 21.
Mictchell (right) explains to Korva (left) he was so impressed with his story that he wanted to make his dream of owning a car come true. The men hug before Korva checks out his new car
During the drive to Korva’s job at Taco Casa, Korva told Mitchell he wanted to save up money and someday, he hoped, he would be able to afford a car.
Walking three miles to work, and three miles back home in the Texas heat was the way to get to his dream. After dropping off Korva at work, Mitchell posted about the man’s determination on Facebook.
‘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,’ Mitchell wrote.
Hundreds of people in the community saw his post, including Samee Dowlatshahi, owner of Samee’s Pizza Getti Italian Bistro & Lounge in Rockwall.
Dowlatshahi offered to put a donation box inside his pizza joint to help Korva in his quest to buy a car.
Within 48 hours, and with help from Korva’s new friend Mitchell, they raised more than $5,500.
A friend of Dowlatshahi, Danny Rawls, the general sales manager at Toyota of Rockwall heard Korva’s inspiring story.
‘I presented it to my general manager and said, “Hey, let’s help the kid. It seems like a great story,”‘ Rawls told CBS News.
Korva (pictured) is in shock after being presented with his new ride and smiles brightly at the efforts his community made to get him to his dream of car ownership
His boss agreed, and the pair reduced the price on a 2004 Toyota Camry that was available.
There was even enough left over to pay for his insurance for a year, plus two years’ worth of oil changes and a $500 gas card.
‘I sent [Dowlatshahi] a private message and said, “Give me a call. I have a nice car that would work for the kid,”‘ Rawls explained.
Last Friday, the group that helped buy the car drove the white 2004 Camry to Taco Casa and asked Korva to come outside.
‘Justin, you can’t imagine all the people who wanted to help you,’ Mitchell said, as several people filmed the exchange on their cellphones in the restaurant parking lot. ‘So, instead of walking to work, buddy, you’re driving this car from now on.’
Korva looked at Mitchell in disbelief, ‘Are you serious?’
‘It’s your car. This is your car,’ Mitchell repeated.
Korva gave each man a hug, wiping tears from his eyes as he walked toward the car.
‘We just want you to know, seriously, this community, nothing we love better than to have someone who works hard,’ Dowlatshahi said. ‘We take a lot of pride in that. It’s so hot out here, I can’t believe you walk even one mile in this heat.’
Later that day, Rawls helped Korva complete the paperwork on the car and put the title in his name.
‘Surreal’ is the only word Rawls could use to describe the moment he watched Korva walk away with the keys.
‘He’s a very humble young man and accepted it with stride,’ Rawls said. ‘There couldn’t have been more of a deserving individual, for sure.’