Total strangers surprise man who walks 6 miles to work with new car

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.”

Mitchell initially said he wanted to get Korva a bicycle to help his commute to work, but people in the Rockwall community who saw Mitchell’s Facebook post decided they wanted to do much more.

“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.