On a 95-degree day in Rockwall, Texas, Andy Mitchell saw Justin Korva, a 20-year-old young man, walking down the road. Korva was wearing a fast food uniform and was on his way to work at Taco Casa when Mitchell pulled over to offer him a ride, a move that would ultimately change Korva’s life.
As reported by CBS News, Korva told Mitchell how he usually walked the three miles to and from work every day and that he was trying to save up to buy a car.
Mitchell posted about the encounter on Facebook, admiring Korva’s determination.
“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,” said Mitchell in the post.
Mitchell’s writing caught the attention of the local community. Samee Dowlatshahi, the owner of Samee’s Pizza Getti Italian Bistro & Lounge in Rockwall, decided to lend a hand to Korva. He placed a donation box in his restaurant, allowing people to donate to Korva’s dream of having a car.
Within 48 hours, over $5,500 was raised.
Danny Rawls, the general sales manager at Toyota of Rockwall, also heard about Korva’s story. Speaking to the general manager of the dealership, Rawls said, “Hey, let’s help the kid. It seems like a great story.”
The pair found a suitable vehicle, a 2004 Toyota Camry, and reduced the price to ensure the donations would cover the cost.
Rawls contacted Dowlatshahi, telling him to give him a call. “I have a nice car that would work for the kid,” said Rawls.
When the deal on the car was done, there was enough left over from the donated funds to purchase the vehicle along with a year’s worth of insurance, oil changes for two years, and a $500 gift card for gas.
They drove the 2004 Toyota Camry to Taco Casa, asked Korva to come outside, and presented him with the car.
“Justin, you can’t imagine all the people who wanted to help you,” said Mitchell. “So, instead of walking to work, buddy, you’re driving this car from now on.”
“Are you serious?” asked Korva, in disbelief.
Mitchell replied, “It’s your car! This is your car.”
“We just want you to know, seriously, this community, nothing we love better than to have someone who works hard,” added Dowlatshahi. “We take a lot of pride in that. It’s so hot out here; I can’t believe you walk even one mile in this heat.”
Rawls assisted Korva in completing the paperwork, formally putting his name on the title.
“He’s a very humble young man and accepted it with stride,” said Rawls. “There couldn’t have been more of a deserving individual, for sure.”