For seven months, single father Trenton Lewis uncomplainingly walked 11 miles every morning to get to his 4 a.m. shift at a UPS facility in Arkansas (video below).
"My pride is strong," the 21-year-old told CNN. "Whatever my [14-month-old daughter, Karmen] needs, I'm the person who is supposed to provide it for her."
When Patricia "Mama Pat" Bryant found out, she was floored.
"She was like a second mom," Lewis said. "She actually got upset with me when she found out I was walking to work."
So without Lewis knowing, Bryant and her husband devised a plan. "For a young person to decide in their mind 'if I don't have a ride, if I can't get a ride then I'll walk,'" Kenneth Bryant said. "If a guy can do that, we can pitch in to help."
The couple quietly told the other employers. Together, they raised enough money to buy Lewis a 2006 Saturn Ion.
"Everybody that I talked to said yes!" recalls Kenneth. "The hardest part was reminding them to bring cash. I told the seller what I was doing and who it was for and he said he was willing to work with me on a price."
When they finally had the vehicle, they invited Lewis to a short "union meeting." When he showed up, he was most definitely in for a shock: his coworkers handed him keys to a new car.
"I was emotionally moved," Lewis recalls. "My heart just fell."
"God always has something for you," he added. "I'm never going to forget this ever."
It's not the first time a group of good Samaritans surprised a man in need with a car.
Andy Mitchell, 40, stopped to give 20-year-old Texas man Justin Korva a ride to work after he saw Korva walking in 95-degree weather, reports Today.
The two started talking. When Mitchell learned Korva walked three miles to work and back home every day, he was moved and shared the story on Facebook.
"Meet my friend justin!" Mitchell wrote. "I picked this boy up this am and gave him a ride to work at taco casa. He told me he walks 3 miles to work and home everyday. 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! As Wade Anders would say leave it better than you found it!"
But that's not all.
Initially, Mitchell planned on buying Korva a bicycle.
Yet within 30 hours of his Facebook posts, strangers from all over donated $5,500 toward getting Korva a car.
"Justin, you can't imagine all the people who wanted to help you," Mitchell later told Korva on video while handing him over a car. "So, instead of walking to work, buddy, you're driving this car from now on."