At a time when we have plenty of reason to be down on social media, it’s wonderful to find a story like this being shared all around on Facebook:  Young Marine named Walter makes tremendous impression with his humility and work ethic, walking literally from midnight till dawn to make 20-mile trip to get to first job as trainee with moving company.  Walter’s 2003 clunker car had conked out and he couldn’t find a ride, but he wasn’t going to let that keep him from his first day on the job as a “Bellhop.”  A police officer found him walking when he was almost to the worksite, took him to breakfast and drove him the rest of the way.  He worked a full day after that, just as energetically as everybody else.  Jenny Lamey, the woman whose family was moving that day, was so touched by this that she wrote the “moving day” story and posted it on Facebook.  I’ll wait while you go and read it.

https://www.facebook.com/jenny.lamey/posts/10214187127164485

Since being posted on July 15, this story has now been shared 2.6 million times and has even been translated into Chinese.

But the story continues.  In just 24 hours, hundreds of responses had been posted by people who were deeply moved by Walter’s story and who wanted to help him get some reliable transportation.  She set up a GoFundMe page for him to raise $2,000, and donations poured in to a stunning degree.  To gain an understanding of the impact Walter has made in the lives of his new friends and co-workers (and vice versa), go to that page and watch the video of him being handed the keys to the car that was gifted to him.  Have Kleenex nearby.


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https://www.gofundme.com/5pmd8-thank-you-walter

 

Since so much more money has been raised than Jenny set as the goal, a financial advisor has volunteered to work with Walter pro bono to help him manage the funds.  Walter was overwhelmed by this generosity and decided when the amount reached $66,292 that anything over that would be donated to a charity that has benefited him and is close to his heart, the Birmingham Ed Foundation, dedicated to increasing the number of students in Birmingham City Schools who are on the path to “college, career and life readiness.”

 

https://edbirmingham.org

 

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Comments 1-11 of 11

  • Mary Ann Savage Fletcher

    07/28/2018 06:34 PM

    Thank you for finding & sharing a story that raises our human spirit. There is so much junk being "shared" in the world; it's refreshing to read a story about humility, kindness, & determination.

  • Leslie K

    07/28/2018 01:40 PM

    I live in Pelham, AL and am proud that I do. This is a most inspiring story now heard round the world. There is one correction needed to your story, Walter is not a Marine, yet. He wants to finish is college degree first, then he has plans to join the Marines.

  • Rochelle Backman

    07/27/2018 08:46 PM

    This was truly a wondrous story of an exceptional young man. I am so happy that the Go Fund Me donations turned out so well. Hopefully Walter can get an education of his choice by these proceeds with a car that will last him while doing so - he deserves it! God Bless you, Walter and your family.

  • Joseph Behrendt

    07/27/2018 05:15 PM

    What a difference between Walter and the haters in this country. If all those haters were like Walter we wouldn't have racial problems and probably not as much welfare. He is to be respected for his ethics and not shamed as many would do.

  • Joseph Behrendt

    07/27/2018 05:15 PM

    What a difference between Walter and the haters in this country. If all those haters were like Walter we wouldn't have racial problems and probably not as much welfare. He is to be respected for his ethics and not shamed as many would do.

  • Bernadette Dillon

    07/27/2018 04:42 PM

    America has such big hearts. This is why we are the greatest country in the world.

  • Bruce Vanderhoef

    07/27/2018 04:25 PM

    That young man is an inspiration and will go far in life. Young people....learn Walter's ways of hard work and humility.

  • Firewagon

    07/27/2018 03:08 PM

    What?? Anyone THINK a "Marine" would do something different?

  • Robert Simes

    07/27/2018 12:37 PM

    The story of Walter is very inspiring. I love to read about people helping people since so little of it makes it into the MSM. However, it suddenly hit me that there are probably hundreds of similar situations, comparable to Walter's, out there that don't have a caring police officer and a community to help. I just don't know what to do aboujt it or how.

  • Fred Bryn

    07/27/2018 10:50 AM

    This is a great story. It gives one hope for the country rather reading the negative stuff so prevalent. Semper Fidelis ingrained for life.

  • Stephen Russell

    07/27/2018 10:24 AM

    Awesome, story,how many more like him out there. Blessings 100 squared.