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Man who walks 17 miles to and from work received a bike and is now studying to get his driver’s license after receiving $ 26,000 in donations to buy a car from a kind-hearted stranger who offered him a ride last week.
Donte Franklin, 20, from Oklahoma, must travel more than 13 kilometers to get to his job as a cook in Buffalo Wild Wings, forcing him to leave his house three hours early to arrive on time for his shifts.
“I really don’t care if it gets tiring. I just have to keep pushing, ”Franklin told Fox affiliate KOKH. “I just walk to make my family proud. ”
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Dedicated: Donte Franklin, 20, from Oklahoma, has to leave his home three miles early and travel over eight miles to get to his job as a cook at Buffalo Wild Wings
Good Samaritan: Franklin’s life changed forever last week when Michael Lynn (pictured) saw him walking in the scorching heat and offered to bring him in
“I didn’t miss a shift at all,” he added.
Franklin gave his late mother credit for giving her the motivation and strength to keep going and making the difficult journey every day.
“She passed away when I was 16. She had hepatitis C. After her death, it was difficult for me, ”he said.
Franklin’s life changed forever last week when Michael Lynn saw him walking in the scorching heat and offered to take him.
Touched: Lynn was so moved by Franklin’s dedication to his job that he shared the cook’s story on Facebook
Unbelievable: A group of local cyclists gave Franklin a new bike to get to work after an administrator stumbled upon Lynn’s Facebook post
“I was walking down 12th Street and saw it,” Lynn told ABC affiliate KOCO. “I thought, ‘Boy, it’s hot. One thing led to another, and I find that he is [walking to work]… I just couldn’t believe it.
The Good Samaritan was so moved by Franklin’s dedication to his job that he shared the Cook’s story on Facebook, where she was seen by Kerri Collins.
Collins is the director of My Riding Buddies Oklahoma (MRBO) and Bikers for Elves, a biker charity group founded by her husband.
“Anytime I see something posted about someone anywhere in Oklahoma, I immediately jump in and we do whatever we can do as a group,” she told KOCO.
“It just hit me that this man is only 20 years old and heading to two different jobs with nothing in the heat. It opened my heart, because kids her age don’t do that.
Warm: A GoFundMe page has also been created in his name to raise funds for him to buy a car. On Wednesday, the fundraiser received more than $ 47,000 in donations
Life-changing: Franklin, who is studying to be a welder, still has to get his driver’s license, but he plans to get on his new bike to work in the meantime
“I like this guy like mine”: Lynn has stayed in touch with Franklin since he drove him, and he hopes they will stay in each other’s lives
The local bike group surprised Franklin with a new bike to and from work.
A GoFundMe page has also been set up in his name to raise funds for him to buy a car. On Wednesday, the fundraiser received more than $ 47,000 in donations.
Franklin, who is studying to be a welder, has yet to get his driver’s license, but he plans to use his new bike to work in the meantime.
“I can really help my family with this,” he told KOKH. ‘It’s just a very good blessing.’
Lynn has stayed in touch with Franklin since he drove him, and he hopes they will stick in each other’s lives.
“I think we have to keep each other,” he told KOKH. “I like this guy like mine.