A New Hampshire man who, out of necessity, walked over 16 miles a day to get to his two jobs, was gifted a car after a viral Facebook campaign.
Kyle Bigler of Belmont, NH was first recognized by a satisfied customer, Joanna Griffiths, who took a picture of him while getting her morning coffee at Dunkin Donuts. Griffiths, half-jokingly, told Bigler that she wanted to make him famous, thanks to how friendly and personable he was.
Subsequently, one day while driving, Griffiths noticed Bigler walking to his second job at a gas station. Later that night, she tried to give Bigler a ride home, but he declined, telling her that he still had a few hours left at work.
Seeing Bigler maintain a positive attitude, despite a crazy work ethic, inspired Griffiths’ Facebook post regarding Bigler’s plight, which now has over 20,000 shares.
A sales manager at a local auto dealership saw the post, and asked his dealership’s owner if they could donate a car to Bigler.
His response? “Let’s get him a car ASAP.”
Bigler makes the state and federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour at both of his jobs. He has sometimes found himself working 20-hour shifts.
Griffith claims that if Bigler didn’t work, instead collecting state and federal aid, he would make more money than he does by working his current two jobs. She hopes that Bigler’s story helps illustrate that any able-bodied individual can work.