- Chris Jackson's dream of owning a car recently came true after his colleagues surprised him with one
- The school custodian had been saving towards the goal before the workmates came in to reduce the burden after seeing him struggle
- Jackson was elated as he was handed the car keys in a surprise handover at the school's parking lot
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It was a day to remember for elementary school custodian Chris Jackson after his colleagues surprised him with a new car.
In a video that has gone viral on social media, Jackson is led to the school parking lot where a metallic grey Chevrolet Impala is parked.
Emotional moment for Jackson
The elated Jackson is seen raising his hands in the air in disbelief as the co-workers struggle to convince him that the vehicle is his.
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“The school got together and raised the rest of the money, and it’s yours,” Jodi Combs, Sunshine's Committee Head said while handing him the keys.
Reports indicate that the custodian at Georgia's Unity Grove Elementary School had fallen into hard times but struggled to move from home to work.
To make things easier even on a tight budget, Jackson had been saving up for a car and had so far managed $1,500 (GHc9,000).
After his colleagues learned that he was working towards the goal but was yet to achieve it, they came in and picked up from where he was with the savings.
Frozen in shock
Jackson, with his hands still in the air, called on God's name as he revealed that he was frozen in shock.
"Oh, thank you! Just to let you know that what they say about people is not real. It is not real,” he said in gratitude.
He added that he has only seen such things happen on Instagram and Facebook but never dreamt that he would experience it firsthand.
Further details point to the fact that the school has also previously helped Jackson secure housing and make utility payments.
"Thank you. You've lifted a burden off my shoulders," Chris said in appreciation.
According to Combs, the school has been hit by several tragic events in the recent past and the experiences have made them better.
"You can't have a community without unity. If everyone shows love to each other the world would be a better place," she advised.
Carr Walter gifted car
YEN.com.gh recently shared another similar story of a young man named Carr Walter who was gifted a car by his boss after learning that he trekked for hours to work.
To cover the 20 miles, Walter started his journey at midnight and at 4.00 am he had covered 14 miles out of the trip before help came.
The story received accolades online as many people commended him for demonstrating a rare kind of dedication to duty.