Workers Buy Teen Colleague Car After Seeing Him Walk 10 Miles To Work Every Day

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For many of us, the worst part of our morning commute is not being able to find a seat on the train.

For Derrick Taylor, it’s walking five miles in the dead of the night to begin 4am shifts, and then having to complete the same trudge after work – but he never complained.

Taylor works a UPS depot in Oxford, Alabama. Despite living miles from work and having to walk most of the way, he still made it in on time every day.

Using the money from his wages to take care of his family, Taylor was unable to buy himself a car. So staff at the Oxford UPS branch decided to do something about the 19-year-old’s gruelling journeys.

They bought him a car:

¬†At UPS we take care of our own. Derrick walked to work everyday rain or shine because he didn’t have a car. We all pitched in and took care of him. I’m so proud to be a part of the group. Special thanks to retirees-Tim Simmons and Jim Huggins for making this possible!!! (JD Ward and Wade MCClure raised funds. Thanks to all the employees that contributed including management.)(I videoed this moment.) #upsfamily# To use this video for commercial player or broadcast please email [email protected]

Posted by Allie K Steen on Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Staff bought Taylor a bottle green Cherokee jeep for $1,100 from a local dealer and presented it to him in a video posted late last month.

Posting the footage to Facebook, an employee wrote:

At UPS we take care of our own. Derrick walked to work everyday rain or shine because he didn’t have a car. We all pitched in and took care of him.

I’m so proud to be a part of the group. Special thanks to retirees-Tim Simmons and Jim Huggins for making this possible!!! (JD Ward and Wade MCClure raised funds.

Thanks to all the employees that contributed including management.

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James Williams, Derrick’s safety instructor, describes Taylor as a ‘hard working young man’ who ‘wants to work so bad, he walks to work from way out of town’.

“The group here, we’ve got some good news for you. Everybody came together and you don’t have to walk no more. You’ve got your own ride,” James says in the video as he hands over the keys.

Both the staff and Taylor can be seen wiping away tears in the video.

What an extraordinary gesture.