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Community raises $350K for man with 21-mile walk to work

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DETROIT (AP) -- An online fundraiser has collected more than $350,000 for a Detroit man who says he walks 21 miles to and from his job in the suburbs.

After the Detroit Free Press wrote about James Robertson and his situation this month, a 19-year-old Wayne State University student launched the crowdfunding campaign with an initial goal of raising $5,000 to buy him a car. Robertson met Evan Leedy and told the young man he would always be in his debt.

The newspaper reports that over $350,000 was raised. On Friday, Robertson was given a donated Ford Taurus by a car dealer.

The 56-year-old began making the daily trek to the factory where he molds parts in Rochester Hills after his car stopped working in 2005 and bus service was cut back.

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