When a young Birmingham college student’s car broke down the night before he was supposed to start a new job, he didn’t panic. At least not for long.
Instead, Walter Carr walked. From Homewood to Pelham. All night. In the dark. 20 miles or more.
A Carver High School graduate and U.S. Marine hopeful, Carr walked throughout the early morning hours Friday because he needed, and wanted, the job with Bellhops moving company. He made it to Hoover by 2 a.m. and then to Pelham at 4 a.m.
It was in Pelham that the trek took a surprising turn. Kindness and concern from four Pelham police officers coupled with publicly-posted words of amazement and admiration from the moving company’s clients about Carr’s work ethic and dedication, led to a massive pat on the back Monday from Bellhops CEO Luke Marklin.
Marklin drove in from Tennessee under the guise of meeting Carr for coffee to personally thank him. That meeting ended with Marklin surprising Carr by giving Carr his own barely-driven 2014 Ford Escape.
Carr said he is so thankful for all who stepped in. “This was the first job in a long time to give me an opportunity to get hired,” he said. “I wanted to show them I got the dedication. I said I’m going to get to this job one way or another.”
“I want people to know this – no matter what the challenge is, you can break through the challenge. Nothing is impossible unless you make it impossible,” he said. “You can do anything you set your mind to. I’ve got God by my side. I’m really emotional right now trying to hold back the tears.”
Carr said his mother and father raised him to help others, and he plans to use his new car to do just that. “To my parents, thank you for being there for me, for the hard work and dedication they put in to keep me on the right path,” he said. “And I want to thank God because without Him I wouldn’t be here.”
“God blessed me to be a blessing,” he said. “Whatever challenges God puts in front of me I know its for a reason.”