A single, 21-year-old father walked 5.5 miles to work — and 5.5 miles to get back home — each day to take care of his daughter.
The man works at a UPS facility in Little Rock and told CNN that he continued to walk the complete 11 miles for work each day to provide for his 14-month-old daughter, Karmen.
“My pride is strong,” Trenton Lewis told CNN. “Whatever she needs, I’m the person who is supposed to provide it for her.”
Lewis told KARK he had been walking to work for about seven months — and his shift starts at 4 a.m., so he would wake up at midnight.
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“I made it to work. I was never late,” he told KARK. “Doing this for my daughter, that’s all.”
His co-workers at UPS eventually found out how he was getting to work.
“If someone has that type of determination, I’d be willing to help them,” UPS clerk Kenneth Bryant told KARK. “ ... that’s a young man that wants to work and will do whatever it takes to be successful.”
To help Lewis, Bryant began asking other co-workers if they would pitch in and help buy Lewis a car.
“They were astonished that someone would get up at that time of morning, at night, and walk to work that far,” Bryant told KARK. “It caught on like wildfire.”
Once the co-workers raised about $2,000, they asked Lewis to come to a union meeting.
But it was no meeting at all.
The group took Lewis to the parking lot, and Bryant reached into his pocket before pulling out the keys to the 2006 Saturn Ion. He then handed the keys over to Lewis.
The “meeting” was recorded on Facebook Live.
“I really appreciate this — I really do,” Lewis said in the video.
“I knew things were going to get better if I kept coming to work so, that’s just what I did,” Lewis told KARK. His keys are now attached to a UPS key chain, KARK reported.