Ladarrius Gilmore is a recent high school graduate and 19-year-old from Memphis, Tennessee. Ladarrius aspires to be a business owner some day and to attend culinary and cosmetology school; in the meantime the young guy just needs a job.
When he heard Central BBQ was hiring he decided to go for it. He put on a suit and tie and decided to walk 30 minutes in the sweltering summer sun, all to become a better man.
Then fate stepped in. As he was walking, holding his dress shoes in his hand and sweating in his suit, a car pulled over. It was attorney Daniel Hamilton, who offered Ladarrius a ride.
This isn’t the first time a stranger has helped someone out like this; Art Bouvier hired 18-year-old Jhaqueil Reagan when he noticed that the poor guy was walking 10 miles to work everyday.
“He told me ‘do you want a ride,’ because he didn’t want me sweating in my suit,” Ladarrius said. Then he got in the car and the two men began to chat.
Daniel was impressed with Ladarrus’ discipline and decided to take things a step further.
“He gave me a ride to Central BBQ and he came into the building. Then we talked to the manager, Mr. Tom,” Gilmore said. Hamilton vouched for him and Ladarrius was hired on the spt.
“I am happy to help a guy like that who is just getting started,” said manager Tom Strange. “Ladarrius definitely has the right attitude.”
But Daniel took things a step further: he posted a letter about his encounter on Facebook to see who would pay it forward. The note went viral and Ladarrius was kindly given a bike by a local business owner.
Now he doesn’t have to walk 30 minutes everyday. This is what a great community looks like!
Read the letter Daniel wrote that went viral, and see more of Ladarrius’ story below!