March 1, 2018

Positivity: A single dad walked 11 miles to work every day – until his co-workers found out

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Little Rock, Arkansas:

POSTED 2:32 PM, FEBRUARY 13, 2018

Trenton Lewis’ legs ached from the 11-mile walk he made every morning to get to his 4 a.m. shift. And yet the 21-year-old dutifully did it for seven long months.

He didn’t tell anyone. He’s never been one for excuses — especially when it comes to providing for his 14-month-old daughter, Karmen.

“My pride is strong,” he said. “Whatever she needs, I’m the person who is supposed to provide it for her.”

But his co-workers at a UPS facility in Little Rock, Arkansas, found out. And last week, they decided to make things right.

They asked Lewis to come to a brief union meeting.

When he showed up, his stoic face gave way to disbelief and then a grateful smile as his coworkers handed him keys to a new car.

“I was emotionally moved. My heart just fell,” the young worker recalled.

Rallying behind a colleague

When Lewis began working at the UPS facility, he had no means of getting to and from work.

“I was banking on my feet,” he said.

So every morning, he walked, and kept most of his colleagues in the dark about his pre-dawn journey.

But every large workforce has that one “queen bee” who knows all and sees all.

For Trenton Lewis, that was Patricia “Mama Pat” Bryant.

“She was like a second mom,” Lewis said. “She actually got upset with me when she found out I was walking to work.”

Bryant and her husband, Kenneth, have both put in almost 40 years at UPS.

“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 Bryants quietly shared Lewis’ story with their fellow workers and took up a collection to buy their determined colleague a car. …

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