Detroit Man Fears For His Safety After His Touching Story Netted Him 350k in Donations
It's a sad day when you feel like you have to move out of your hometown neighborhood because you just don't feel safe anymore. For one Detroit man, that day has come and he's sorry to leave.
James Robertson is a 56-year-old factory worker who just recently made the decision to move out of his home in Detroit to a safer neighborhood. The reason? Robertson was the unlikely recipient of a crowdfunding campaign that collected $350,000 in his behalf.
Robertson's story was initially told by the Detroit Free Press. For the last 10 years he's walked 20 miles each day to get to and from work, ever since his car broke down and he didn't have enough money to pay for the repairs.
A young student heard of Robertson's story and started a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for him. It blew up and collected more money than Robertson has ever seen in his life.
Robertson, however, was nervous about having that much money and living in his same neighborhood.
A local police officer reported that he met with Robertson to discuss the situation and Robertson's safety.
"We had a meeting with him [and] he expressed interest that he did not feel safe. People were actually asking him for money," said the police captain.
Not far away in another Detroit neighborhood, a man who had won $20,000 from the lottery disappeared and was likely murdered by a young man in the area. Robertson was nervous for good reason.
So he made the tough decision to move to a new suburb more inline with his change in fortunes.
Along with the money donated to help Robertson, a local car dealership also donated a new car that will allow him to get to and from work every day.
This generosity is amazing, but it's sad that there are places where people can't enjoy their gifts in peace. God bless, James Robertson and have a good time in your new neighborhood.
h/t: Yahoo News