While one Texas man doesn’t normally pick strangers up on the side of the road, he felt compelled to stop and ask if a young man needed a ride or any help when he saw him walking down the road in a work uniform one hot day.
Andy Mitchell pulled over and offered to give 20-year-old Justin Korva to work. “Meet my friend Justin. I picked this boy up this am and gave him a ride to work at Taco Casa. He told me he walks 3 miles to work and home every day,” Mitchell wrote in a post to 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. “I usually don’t post stuff on [Facebook] like that. For whatever reason, I just felt compelled to do it. The situation of this young man inspired me,” Mitchell said. “To have the ability to get to and from work is a huge thing.”
A friend saw his Facebook post and knew they had to try and get the kid a car. Mitchell and his friend left a collection box at a local diner, and within 30 hours, they had raised $5,500. “We had a lot of people in the community of Rockwall that donated,” Mitchell said. “Too many names to count really.”
With the donations, Mitchell bought Korva a 2004 Toyota Camry, a year of car insurance, two years of free oil changes, and a $500 gas card. Recently, Mitchell went down to Taco Casa and presented the car to Korva, who was so stunned he could only manage a hug. “It doesn’t have to be a car. It can just be any small thing that you want to do to help somebody on the side. You never know how it’s going to change their life,” Mitchell said.