For seven months, single dad Trenton Lewis walked 11 miles every morning for 2 to 3 hours to begin his 4 a.m. shift working at a UPS facility in Little Rock, Arkansas.
That all came to an end when his co-workers found out.
Lewis never told anyone why he walked so many miles to work: to take care of Karmen, his 14-month-old daughter.
"My pride is strong," he told CNN. "Whatever she needs, I'm the person who is supposed to provide it for her."
In an interview with ABC affiliate KATV in Little Rock, Lewis said he never missed a day of work and he was never late.
"I had music in my head. I was just walking, not worried about nothing, I was just moving my feet," he said. "(My job) got more important to me. When I had my daughter, I knew I had to step up. I didn't have a job when she was born.”
But Lewis’ ongoing travels ended shortly after his co-workers caught on. They invited him to a union meeting, where they shocked him with a new car.3 comments on this story
His co-workers, Patricia and Kenneth Bryant, collected donations so they could buy him a used $2,000 Saturn car, according to ABC News.
"I was emotionally moved. My heart just fell," Lewis said.
Lewis told CNN that his first drive in the new car was to buy food with his daughter.
Thanks to the new car, Lewis doesn’t leave for work until 3:30 a.m., giving him 30 minutes to reach work.
"It feels good because it's just me and the car. I don't have to use my feet no more," he said.