A restaurant employee who thought he was just getting a ride to work has ended up with a ride of his own thanks to the generosity of strangers.
Justin Korva, 20, was walking to his job at Taco Casa in Rockwall, Texas, on a 95-degree day recently when local man Andy Mitchell, 40, stopped to give him a ride in his truck. Korva told Mitchell about how he walks three miles to work and back home every day, inspiring Mitchell to post a picture of the two of them together with a message 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.
“Through prayer God introduced me to Justin,” Mitchell told TODAY. “I could tell he is honest and hard-working.”
“The reaction has been overwhelming,” Mitchell said.
Within less than 30 hours of his Facebook post on June 21, strangers donated $5,500 toward getting Korva a car. A donation box had been set up at Samee’s Pizza Getti Italian Bistro & Lounge in Rockwall after owner Samee Dowlatshahi heard about Korva’s story.
Two days later, Mitchell and others surprised Justin with a white 2004 Toyota Camry outside Taco Casa, a heartwarming scene that was captured on Facebook Live by Andy’s wife, Mandi Mitchell.