A GoFundMe page has also raised $45,380 to honor the young man's admirable efforts.
If you thought you'd be making it through today without crying, you'd be incorrect.
As AL.com originally reported, last Thursday, the night before Birmingham college student Walter Carr was to start his new job at moving company Bellhops, his car broke down. When his backup plans to get to work didn't pan out, Carr got moving — as in, he started walking the 20 miles from Homewood to Pelham. At around 4:00am in Pelham, concerned police officers saw the young man and picked him up, taking him to breakfast and getting him lunch for later in the day. He got to work, early even.
The Bellhops' clients were so inspired by Carr's dedication, they set up a GoFundMe page to help support the young man. "Yesterday, I shared a story on my Facebook page about a Bellhops mover, Walter, who helped me with my move. I soon met a man who would entirely change my perspective of moving day. My move was Walter’s first job as a bellhop, and the night before, his 2003 Nissan Altima wasn’t working. He lives 20 miles from my house," wrote Jenny Lamey on the GoFundMe fundraiser she set up. "All of Walter’s backup rides fell through, so he used Google Maps to calculate the time it would take to walk from his house to mine: 7 hours. That didn’t stop him. According to Walter, he ate something around midnight and headed out on foot in time to make it to my house before my 8am move began...Walter showed up for my move early and still had the energy to work hard and with a good attitude throughout the rest of the day."
The fundraiser has since raised $45,380 and counting, and a financial adviser has volunteered his services to help Walter save and manage the money.
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Also moved by Carr's incredible dedication, Bellhops CEO, Luke Marklin, drove to visit Carr from Tennessee to surprise him with a car, and some heartfelt words. "We set a really high bar for the amount of heart and grit that we bring to our work every day, we bring to our customers and you just blew it away," Marklin says, visibly emotional. Watch the full video below.
See, we told you the floodgates would be opening.