Yes, we are a sports site, but this story from Carol Robinson at Al.com is too great not to share.
Lawson State student Walter Carr certainly showed the type of perseverance and work ethic that will allow him to achieve his goal of serving in the Marines. When his car broke down the night before his first day at a moving company, he did the only logical thing: he walked.
Twenty miles, from Homewood to Pelham.
The story gets better from there. Some police officers saw him on the side of the road and picked him up... for breakfast. They then drove him to the address, which was the home of the client he was scheduled to help move that day. Needless to say, those folks were touched by the tale.
“We chatted while we were working together early yesterday morning. He loved my kitchen and said that it was exactly the kind of kitchen he would want. He was from New Orleans. He and his mother lost their home in Hurricane Katrina and they came and made their home in Birmingham,’’ she wrote. “I asked him if he was tired from all that walking, and he said replied that he wasn’t and that he had a 4-hour nap before he left at midnight. He said he made it (to) Hoover around 2 a.m. and then to Pelham around 4am, that’s about when the officer picked him up and took him to get breakfast. He wore black Nike joggers which he commented that he intentionally wore because he knew he had to walk thru (sic) some pretty high grass on his middle-of-the-night trek,’’ she wrote. “He looked at me in the eye and smiled and I felt like I had known him much longer.”
Jenny Lamey also praised the rest of the moving crew, but it was clear Carr left an impression on her. She has set up a GoFundMe account to help him out.
The owner of the moving company, based out of Tennessee, then gave him a 2014 Ford Escape that he owns personally.
We see a lot of awful nonsense on the news these days, and this story is an inspiration. Something tells me that Mr. Carr is going to do some great things in his life.