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Janitor Who Walks Miles To Work Drops To His Knees When Coworkers Raise $7,000 For His New Car

by Amy Paige
Amy is the Director of Trending Content at LittleThings. After graduating from Florida State University with a creative writing degree, she moved straight to New York City to pursue a career in the arts. She loves discovering and sharing viral videos, watching movies with her Muppet-like poodle mix named Cali, and doing the robot whenever possible.

Robert Reed, 60, has been working as the school janitor at Farmington Elementary School in Germantown, Tennessee, for just about four months.

And in that short period of time, Robert has already made quite the impact on the students and faculty.

Robert is known as being an incredibly hard worker who literally seeks out extra jobs around the school even after he has finished with his janitorial duties. He’s always looking to lend a hand and always has a smile on his face.

Everyone at Farmington agrees that “Mr. Robert adds a little sunshine to our school.”

But here’s what people didn’t know when Robert first started his job: He didn’t have a car.

Which meant he had to take three buses and walk 2 miles to get to school on time, then another 2 miles home at the end of the day. He usually doesn’t get home until 8 p.m. or later. But that hasn’t stopped him from showing up every day with a smile.

Robert is so beloved by his coworkers that they’ve driven him to the bus stop on some days and have even given him money for lunch on others. He’d been hoping to start a yard business on the side, but without a truck it was impossible.

That was, until his coworkers took their kindness and generosity one step further.

In the video below, Robert learns that the staff and parents at the elementary school put their heads, hearts, and wallets together for one incredible surprise.

He’s so shocked that he drops to his knees in gratitude, and it’s an amazing thing to see.

Footage provided WREG Memphis

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