The combination of ambition and hard work goes a long way, especially when it doesn’t go unnoticed like in 20-year-old Justin Korva’s situation.
Just like any other day, Korva was walking to work in horrid 95-degree Texas weather, when a stranger named Andy Mitchell offered him a ride, according to CBS News.
Mitchell soon learned the Taco Casa employee normally walks 3 miles to and from the establishment each day. Korva also mentioned he intends to save up enough money to eventually buy a car.
After getting him to his destination, Korva’s tenacity left an impact on Andy, which he later shared on his Facebook page with a photo of the two.
“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 on Facebook.
Hundreds of people caught wind of the post and like Mitchell, were impacted as well.
One of those being, Samee Dowlatshahi, owner of Samee’s Pizza Getti Italian Bistro & Lounge in Rockwell, Texas.
He showed it by placing a donation box in Dowlatshahi’s local pizza shop which collected and raised more than $5,500 in almost 48 hours.
From there, they connected with Danny Rawls at Toyota of Rockwall and purchased Korva a 2004 Toyota Camry.
“I presented it to my general manager and said, ‘Hey, let’s help the kid. It seems like a great story,'” Rawls told CBS News.
They kept their word and presented the car to Korva at Taco Casa last Friday along with insurance for a year, two years’ worth of oil changes, and a $500 gas card with the surplus of money remaining.
“Justin, you can’t imagine all the people who wanted to help you,” Mitchell said, as several people filmed the exchange on their cellphones in the restaurant parking lot. “So, instead of walking to work, buddy, you’re driving this car from now on.”
Korva reportedly showered them with hugs as he wiped tears from his eyes and walked over to what was now his very own car.
“He’s a very humble young man and accepted it with stride,” Rawls said. “There couldn’t have been more of a deserving individual, for sure.”