Donte Franklin Bio/Wiki
Thanks to a lucky lift from a stranger, an Oklahoma guy named Donte Franklin who walked 17 miles a day to get to his restaurant work is getting a free bicycle and enough money to buy a car.
Donte Franklin traveled more than 8 miles each way to work as a cook at the local Buffalo Wild Wings in Moore, according to a story by KOKH-TV this week.
He is 20 years old.
Why Donte Franklin Walked 17 Miles A Day?
Franklin was fortunate enough to obtain a ride from Michael Lynn, a stranger who took pity on the fatigued pedestrian and transformed his life, on a particularly hot day last week. Lynn said to the station, “I’m like, man, he’s walking a long way,”
Lynn was so moved by Franklin’s dedication that she posted about his circumstances on Facebook and contributed $26,000 to help him buy a car.
Franklin has a two-wheeled option while he waits for his license; a local biking club stepped in and gave him a free bicycle to tide him over.
Franklin said, “I wasn’t expecting it, but really it was a true blessing he gave me a ride,”
“I can really help my family with this. It’s just a really good blessing.”
Despite his long journey, Franklin has never missed a shift and credits his mother, who died when he was 16, for instilling in him a strong work ethic.
Lynn and Franklin have become fast friends.
Lynn then created a GoFundMe page to help Franklin purchase a car. The page had raised almost $47,800 with over 1.3K donors and 7.2K shares at the time of writing this story, well exceeding its $2,000 objective.