fundraiser for detroit man who walks 21 miles a day to work reaches $230,000
He can afford a small fleet today.
After Detroit\'s free media coverage of Robertson\'s difficult task
From his work at a suburban factory, the story inspired thousands of donations from all over the country.
After a day, soft
The speaking machine operator met with computer students at Wayne State University and launched an Internet crowd --
Raised more than $230,000 (£150,000)—
The figure is expected to continue to climb today. At Mr.
On Monday night, the two embraced the B\'s Food & Spirits bar in downtown Rochester and were interviewed by national television and People magazine.
The weather-drenched factory worker, eating pizza and wearing heavy work boots, walked there to work and sat next to Evan Ledi, 19, from Macomb
The technician who conceived the cash
Support Robertson\'s GoFundMe web page.
\"The debt I will owe you forever --
I will never forget that, \"Robertson told ledie, the young man in a sweater --
The hoodie shook hands with him.
\"I want to show you all the comments people have about you,\" Leedy replied . \" The two men lie on the teenager\'s mobile phone.
Lidi read aloud a sample of more than 3,700 posts whose authors donated 1 to hundreds of dollars to Robertson.
His initial target was $5,000.
Many people who saw free news coverage were impressed by Robertson\'s professional ethics --
He has a perfect attendance record in years of factory work.
\"They said you made the money,\" Leedy told 56-year-old Robertson . \". Another crowd-
31-funding efforts initiatedyear-old Chrysler-
Fiat communications manager Ji Yans, who proposed nearly $6,000 to the former GoFundMe administrator, asked SRI to change the page of the future donor Lidi, said in a Monday night.
Robertson said he was very surprised by the amount of aid, because \"I have to say, this is Detroit, and that\'s how people in Detroit are.
They say Los Angeles is the City of Angels. That\'s wrong.
Detroit is the City of Angels.
\"Meetings and interviews were arranged by Rochester\'s 47-year-old banker, Blake Pollock, after seeing the brave Walker trek through all kinds of weather, bring Robertson\'s story to the free mile after mile, across the Troy and Rochester Hills area, with no Metro bus service in Detroit.
Robertson takes a smart bus to and from Woodward, near Holbrook, Detroit, every day to a bus stop near Somerset Collection, Troy\'s upscale shopping center.
He walked about seven miles from there.
No matter what the weatherto the factory.
At the end of his 2 p. m. to 10 p. m.
During his shift, he drove his car back to the mall, caught up with the last bus to Detroit, and took him to the state playground at the city border.
From there he walked home in the dark, about 5 miles.
His story sparked a conversation in the Detroit area about low challenges.
Income workers face difficulties when working in areas with unstable public transport and some of the country\'s highest auto insurance companies.
His story also touched Leedy and thousands of other people who commented on the Facebook page of the free newspaper, called the newspaper or sent an emailmails.
People like Gene Bowen of Las Vegas wrote: \"dedication and pride clearly drive this person to do what most others think is worth less than $400 a week before tax.
He is a very special person.
Speaking of Robertson and Ledi, Pollock said: \"I think these people should meet becausefund-raising)
It will really change James\'s life.
\"UBS banker\'s commute in Oakland County overlaps Robertson\'s, so this winter, the banker has provided dozens of elevators to Robertson, send the old man to work at a plastic molding factory 23 miles from Robertson\'s home in downtown Detroit.
Now Pollock is forming a advisory board to contribute to the fast-growing contributions designated by Robertson, including the provision of new and used cars.
Robertson is not in a hurry to receive any money because \"he thinks it is necessary to manage it,\" Pollock said . \".
The lifelong Detroit man said Robertson was single but had a girlfriend, as well as sisters and other relatives in Detroit, some of whom had not been in touch until a series of publicity.
Pollock said that the board will allocate most of Robertson\'s unexpected income to future expenses, including car insurance, gasoline, maintenance and some cash that may help him with medical and dental care.
The important step is to decide which car is the best, Pollock said.
Dealers, including Rogers Chevrolet, offer free new cars through free media.
Robertson\'s last car was an aging Honda car, which he told free media to quit in 2005, after which he could not afford to buy at $10 an hour. 55 (£6. 93).
With the increase in donations, Robertson seems ready to visit the Ford country. \"I\'m a fan of Ford.
I remember Taurus.
They look very comfortable, nothing special.
They are very simple outside and strong inside --
Just like me . \"\"I\'m 6-
\"I think the Mustang is a bit tight,\" he added, explaining that during his annual visit to the North American International Auto Show at the Cobo Center last month, \"I took quite a few cars \".
\"I spent most of my time on American cars --
Lincoln, Ford, General, Dodge.
\"With the development of business --
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As a college junior, Robertson calmly watches the TV lights of the photographer who shot for the \"Good Morning America\" program and puts his sudden abundance and celebrity in the field of view.
\"I have to be careful about what I do about it.
\"The same God who brings you all these blessings can take them away,\" he said . \".
\"Hopefully, I\'m ready for what\'s going on.