The teen's mother had recently been laid off and her car had been totaled few weeks ago. He was determined to work and make money
Jayden Sutton, a highschool senior from Cobb County, had spent months walking several miles a day to get work. The teen apparently made the trek on foot each day from school to his job at a restaurant and then back home. Thanks to one woman's kindness, Sutton,18, now has a brand new car and $10,000 to pay for college, reported PEOPLE.
Sutton was determined to work and make money to buy his own vehicle. According to reports, his mother had recently been laid off and her car had been totaled few weeks ago. "I knew if I had to walk to work every day to get a car, that's what I was going to do. If I had to walk home, then that's what I was going to do," Sutton told WAGA. He explained that he would get out of school at 3:30 p.m., then walk miles to his job at the restaurant. His shift would last anywhere between six and eight hours after which he would walk back home. Many tmes he wouldn't be back until midnight, reported PEOPLE.
The teen's life changed when his classmate's mother, Lavonda Wright, spotted him walking on Brownsville Road in Powder Springs. "He was walking really fast down the road and my son stopped me and tapped me and said, 'I think that's Jayden,'" Wright told WAGA. The mother decided to drive Sutton to work that day but she wasn't satisfied, she knew she couldn't let the teen continue like this. She decided to take matters into her own hands and help Sutton out. She created a GoFundMe page with the sole purpose of raising funds to buy Sutton a new car. The fundraiser, which initially had a goal of $4,000, has now raised more than $7,000. Wright convinced the general manager of a local car store to drop the price of a vehicle to meet the budget and was eventually able to buy a car for Sutton, reported PEOPLE.
Wright had documented the moment she gave Sutton his new car on Facebook by sharing a photo of the pair smiling while standing in front of the car. "Look at Jayden's amazing smile receiving his new car & keys!. Just priceless! No more walking seven miles to work after school daily. God said what he said! His beautiful mom was present and we've connected on new levels like we've known each other for years. Making a difference in this world is truly needed right now!. I'm overwhelmed in God's love," she wrote in the post. "I just want to say thank you. A million times. You don't understand how much," the teen told Wright after he was gifted the car, according to PEOPLE.
CarLotz heard about Jayden’s story and partnered with The Kelly Clarkson Show to surprised the 18-year-old with $10,000 to put towards college. “It was just life changing. I think that all the stuff that I’m doing is finally paying off. I was working towards something. It made me feel like everything I was doing wasn’t for nothing," the teen said before giving out a message for those who were struggling and working hard like him, "You can’t expect for anything to change if you’re not making a change. So just keep working, keep doing what you are doing. If you feel like you are doing the right thing…One day, not today or tomorrow, but one day it’s going to pay off," reported Newsner.