Co-Workers, Strangers Step in to Bail out 60-Year-Old Woman Walking 12 Miles to Work

A South Carolina woman was moved to tears of joy when a co-worker and dozens of strangers stepped up to buy her a new car because she had been walking 12 miles between work and home after her older car broke down.

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Posted by Josh Lewis on Tuesday, October 29, 2019

John Lewis told the Greenville News that he spotted Darlene Quinn, with whom he works at a Fedex facility in Spartanburg County, S.C., walking along the highways on her way home in the evenings. He and a co-worker began offering her rides and heard how she began walking when her car broke down and she couldn’t afford to fix it.

That’s when Lewis took action. He launched a GoFundMe page, and within a week 100 people had ponied up enough cash to buy Quinn a new car. A couple of local businesses, which told Lewis they wanted to remain anonymous, even threw in free service and tires for the car going forward.

A video Lewis shot when he told her the good news quickly went viral.

“It was amazing,” Lewis said of the moment. “She just started bawling crying and saying how she can’t believe that this is happening to her.”

In a post on his Facebook page, Lewis said Quinn was overwhelmed by the gesture.

“The smile and joy that have been bubbling out of her the past few days have been so worth everything that was done for her,” Lewis said. “Thank you all again for the blessing you have been to me and Darlene!”

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