A man who walked 16 miles to two full-time jobs got a free car, because there is good in the world
Every day, Kyle Bigler walked 16 miles between his two jobs — Dunkin Donuts and Big Apple convenience store in Belmont, New Hampshire. He didn’t own a car, so he made do with what he had — his own two feet. But thanks to one kindhearted Dunkin Donuts customer, his life just got a little bit easier.
Joanna Griffiths bought an iced coffee from Bigler, and then later that same day saw him making the long trek to his second job. She was moved by his dedication to work two minimum wage jobs to make a living, so she decided to post his picture, along with a kind message on Facebook with the hopes that it would go viral and would inspire others to do the same.
“I felt the need to share this with all of you, and perhaps make this man go viral. Last week I got an iced coffee at Dunkin donuts around 7:30 a.m., later on that day I saw the same man walking but was unable to pick him up or I would have been late for work myself. Little did I know, he was walking 8 1/2 miles to his second full time job at the Big Apple for his Graveyard shift. I stopped at the Big Apple on my way home from work around 10:45 p.m. to see if he could use a lift home while I grabbed gas, but he politely declined stating he worked another 3+ hours closing.”
Griffiths’ wish came true — her post went viral and thousands of people were not only inspired, many reached out with job opportunities, and one company even offered him something to help in a big way. AutoServe of Tilton gifted Bigler with his very own car.
“When I wrote the original post, I never expected anything like this to happen,” Griffiths told PEOPLE. “I just wanted people to know that everyone struggles in life, all that matters is how you respond to the struggle and persevere. He really touched my heart because he never once complained. He is so kind, humble and happy. I was very emotional when they gave him the keys to his car. I am just so grateful that the positive message got as much recognition as it did.”
With all the tragedy we’re experiencing right now, it’s refreshing to hear about people doing really great things, and a great reminder that there is still good in the world.