• $250,000 Raised For James Robertson, Who Walks 21 Miles A Day To Work

    James Robertson, the 56-year-old factory worker from Detroit whose story about how he has walked 21 miles a day to work for more than ten years, didn’t even know that over $250,000 dollars has been raised on his behalf.

    When news of Robertson’s story hit the web, a social media campaign went viral and the donations began pouring in. Hundreds of complete strangers have pitched in to help Mr. Robertson pay for a car and insurance.

    From USA Today:

    Evan Leedy, 19, of Macomb Township, a WSU student studying computer science, said he was struck by the article and by the sudden torrent of people commenting online, many of them asking how they could help Robertson. Leedy said he decided to act.

    “I just used my phone. I created the go-funding site and within an hour we had $2,000,” he said.

    “I set the goal at the beginning of $5,000. Right now my page has more than $30,000″ as of 6 p.m. Sunday, Leedy said.

    Two other people created GoFundMe sites, “so I contacted them so we could coordinate this, and they’ve raised $3,000,” he added.

    “Tough times don’t last. Tough people do,” said Robertson.

    And for some, thousands even, James Robertson’s tough times have lasted long enough.

    What started as a social media campaign to help Mr. Robertson buy a car, is now a movement to help him retire.

    “I hope enough is raised for you to have a comfortable retirement, just because. It isn’t often that so many people pull together to help another out. Thanks, Evan, for giving me the opportunity to be involved in such a good deed,” wrote donor Lammey on the Gofundme fundraiser webpage.

    Here’s how much has been raised for Mr. Robertson as of this article’s publication:

    Screen Shot 2015-02-04 at 2.31.25 AM“I donated, because he is the man who many, many more men and women should strive to be,” said donor Amy Wright.

    Leedy updated everyone on the progress and the future of Mr. Robertson’s fund.

    “What an incredible journey. James is an amazing guy and it was so great meeting him last night. Blake Pollock and myself are working on creating a board/committee to handle the money that is raised. Attorneys, financial advisors, etc., are all coming into play. We are making sure to consider every angle of this fundraiser. It is so exciting that every penny that is being raised is going to James to help him with whatever he needs in life. Thank you all for your continued donations, kind words, and support,” Ledy said.

    What an amazing story.

    Jerome Hudson

    Managing Editor

    Jerome Hudson has written for numerous national outlets, including The Hill, National Review, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was recognized as one of Florida’s emerging stars, having been included in the list “25 Under 30: Florida’s Rising Young Political Class.” Hudson is a Savannah, Ga. native who currently resides in Florida.

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