Every day, an Arkansas UPS employee went to work and mostly kept to himself. In that time, no one else knew what he did along a 5-mile stretch of road — until a shocked coworker noticed something amiss.
Trenton Lewis was never late for work. Known among his fellow co-workers and managers as a reliable employee, it seems that the 21-year-old was keeping a secret that no one knew about — or, at least, he thought no one did. Come to find out, after putting in a long day’s work, Trenton’s day was far from over.
You see, something he did along the 5 miles to and from work every single day would leave at least one coworker downright shocked after seeing what it was. Although he had gone 7 months without anyone finding out, Trenton walked a total of 11 miles to and from work every day — 5.5 miles each way to be more exact.
Trenton Lewis says he would get up in the middle of the night and walk about five and a half miles to work. He had to be at the UPS center in Little Rock by 4 a.m.
Sometimes he would get rides, but most of the time he just walked. [Source: WTNH]
Trenton Lewis admits that he received a ride from coworkers on a few occasions but states that most days he walked to work without anyone knowing. Even better yet, he had the purest of reasons for sticking with the job for so long — his daughter. “I don’t want to miss work at all,” Trenton explained. “I wanted to be with my daughter, to be able to support her. I wanted to be a father.”
The determined employee arrived to work on time, every time. “I was never late,” Trenton said. “Doing this for my daughter, that’s all.” Fortunately for him, his long walks and tired feet are now a thing of the past after his coworkers found out, as Arkansas Matters reports.
“If someone has that type of determination, I’d be willing to help them,” UPS clerk Kenneth Bryant said. “We just wanted to lend somebody a helping hand.” Just like that, Kenneth went around to other employees in the UPS building to see if they would be interested in pitching in to buy Trenton a car.
“They were astonished that someone would get up at that time of morning, at night, and walk to work that far,” Kenneth said. Even better yet, he was amazed to learn that people in the building were more than eager to help. “It caught on like wildfire,” Kenneth explained, and just like that, they were able to raise $2,000 to purchase a car.
In a Facebook Live video, Kenneth and the other employees dragged Trenton out to the parking lot and gave him his surprise. “This is my first car. I have great, awesome coworkers,” an appreciative Trenton said. Shocked, he also explained, “I had no idea. I guess they are very good secret holders.”
Of course, the UPS employee is happy that he doesn’t have to walk to work anymore, but he’s even more thankful for those he’s surrounded by each day. “I knew things were going to get better if I kept coming to work so, that’s just what I did,” Trenton concluded.
They say good things come to those who wait, and that certainly seems to be the case here — well, wait and work while they wait. It’s an honorable thing what Trenton Lewis did, and one that his daughter will likely come to appreciate as she gets older. There is no greater love than that which a parent has for their child — and Trenton went above and beyond to prove just that.