Woman Starts Fundraiser to Buy Car for Teen Who Had to Walk 7 Miles to Work after School

A woman began a GoFund Me Page that raised enough money to buy a car for a high school senior, who used to walk 7 miles from school to work. The teenager was determined to earn money after his mother got laid off from work. 

Lavonda Wright, from Cobb County, has thanked everyone for their goodwill on her Facebook Page after helping Jayden Sutton buy a car to get to work every day. Sutton's mother fell on hard times after losing her job and having her vehicle totaled. 

Wright gave Sutton a ride after spotting him on Brownsville Road, Powder Springs, while rushing to work. She learned how Sutton worked a 6-8 shift in a restaurant after school and sometimes got home after 11:30 pm after walking 7 miles.  

Lavonda Wright (Left) raised over $7000 to buy Jayden Sutton (Right) a car. Sutton walked 7 miles from school to work everyday. January, 2020. | Photo: Facebook/LavondaWrightMyers.

Lavonda Wright (Left) raised over $7000 to buy Jayden Sutton (Right) a car. Sutton walked 7 miles from school to work everyday. January, 2020. | Photo: Facebook/LavondaWrightMyers.

Sutton told Wright nothing would stop him from walking to work every day because he needed to do to earn money for his family. Wright was moved by the young man's determination, saying:

"Immediately my heart got full. I was literally holding back tears tore up. I said baby I’ll be taking you all the way to work forget my plans for now." 

Last month, Wright started a GoFund Me Page to buy Sutton a car before graduating in May. With a target of $4000 set, Wright was overwhelmed when they raised over $7000. 

More good news was to come, as the manager of the Nalley Honda dealership in Union City agreed to drop the price of one of their cars to meet their budget. 

Sutton believes if you're chasing a goal by doing something good in the world, you need to keep at it.

Wright shared the moment she handed over the car keys to Sutton on her Facebook page, alongside a heartfelt message of the power of what faith and a higher power can achieve. 

Sutton was moved beyond words and hugged Wright. The young man expressed there weren't enough words to express his gratitude towards Wright, who wrote in her post:

"Jayden Sutton will never forget this reward for his Faithfulness over a few things as an amazing YOUNG BLACK MAN!!!!"

Wright added that in a time where people were focused on tearing each other down during the tough Coronavirus pandemic, it was great to see people's good nature coming through. 

Jayden Sutton tests out his new car! January, 2020. | Photo: Facebook/LavondaWrightMyers.

Jayden Sutton tests out his new car! January, 2020. | Photo: Facebook/LavondaWrightMyers.

A similar story saw 9-year-old Kaylei Miller from Kentucky organize a bake sale to help pay for her father's funeral. Jason Barton (35) died in a car crash on Jan 3, leaving behind no insurance. Covid-19 had also left this family devasted financially. 

With a passion for baking, Miller sold red velvet cake at her local dairy queen that attracted a long line of cars ready to donate. The family succeeded in raising over $35 000 on their GoFund Me Page to help pay for the funeral. 

It is stories like those of Wright, Sutton, and Miller that remind us of the importance of how impactful a helping hand can be during someone else's greatest time of need. 

As Sutton enjoys his new car, he leaves behind this message of hope for all of us to remember: if you're chasing a goal by doing something good in the world, keep at it. You never know when you'll meet someone ready to help you.

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