Story of Detroit man who walks a total of 21 miles to, from work brings flood of donations

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DETROIT, Mich. (AP) — Hundreds of people have contributed tens of thousands of dollars to help a Detroit man who says he typically walks 21 miles to and from work.

The Detroit Free Press ( ) reports that because spotty bus service doesn’t cover James Robertson’s whole route at the times he needs to work, he walks about eight miles to his job in suburban Rochester Hills and 13 miles home.

After the paper wrote about the 56-year-old’s situation over the weekend, multiple people started crowd-funding efforts to help him buy a car and pay for insurance. Some have offered to drive him for free.

Robertson began making the daily trek to the factory where he molds parts after his car stopped working in 2005 and bus service was cut back. He’s had perfect attendance for more than 12 years.

The community started a Go Fund Me effort to raise money to him a car. The goal was $25,000, but donations of more than $100,000 have been pledged.

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  • Harris

    This honestly sounds like a hoax to me, like if he is that broke, how does he maintain a fitness stamina that akin to a Marine when he probably doesn’t have any formal training in being a soldier! Srs, this is fishy stuff…

    • grizzlyironbear

      It’s called responsibility. you do, because have no other choice. This man is one of many that quietly do the same because they work, and have no other choice. Obviously you havent had to struggle if you think that this is a hoax.

  • Moon

    What kind of crappy banner is that the news station put under his picture? “Walks to work”. Ummmmm, yeah. More like “Never makes an excuse not to get to work” good job sir, you are an example to so many.

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