Strangers raise more than $65K for man to buy car

A Detroit man's 23-mile work commute is about to get a lot easier, thanks to the kindness of strangers.

After taking a bus part way, 56-year-old James Robertson walks about 21 miles round trip, five days a week, to get to and from his job at a factory. His lengthy treks started more than 10 years ago when his car died.

But thanks to generous donations, more than $65,000 has been raised for Robertson via GoFundMe after he was profiled in a Detroit Free Press article published Sunday.

Robertson has also since gotten offers from car dealerships willing to donate cars to him, while Free Press readers have offered to personally drive him to and from work each day.

When Robertson learned that $30,000 had already been raised for him by Sunday night, he said, "Are you serious?"

Robertson has never let his commute get in the way of work, even though he's been mugged in the past – he has a perfect attendance record.

He currently leaves at 8 a.m. to make it on time for his 2 to 10 p.m. shift, where he makes $10.55 an hour.

He says his faith gets him through.

"One word — faith," he told Free Press. "I'm not saying I'm a member of some church. But just before I get home, every night, I say, 'Lord, keep me safe.' "

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