Georgia Elementary School Custodian Gets Emotional After Coworkers Surprise Him With New Car
"This here, I never would've dreamt of something like this," the custodian remarked.
September 14, 2021 at 5:29 pm
An admired custodian at Unity Grove Elementary School in Locust Grove, Georgia, had people on social media shedding a few tears after coworkers surprised him with his own car.
The custodian, only known as Chris, had been working to save up the money for a new car for some time, and according to the video, he had saved up a grand total of $1,500 to purchase a new vehicle, WJCL reports.
OH MY STARS: This beloved school custodian named Mr. Chris was saving up for a car. So he was shocked when his coworkers walked him outside, and gave him this surprise pic.twitter.com/zIFYE2RI79— CBS News (@CBSNews) September 13, 2021
"It was a little bit more, so the school got together and raised the rest of the money and it's yours," his coworker told him as he stared in awe with the keys to his new car in his hands. "We love you, Mr. Chris. We do, we love you."
Chris was visibly shocked and overjoyed by the incredibly kind act.
"Oh my stars, there is a God. Oh, my stars. Thank you. Thank you all. I thank you all. I thank you all. Oh, thank you! Just to let you know that what they say about people is not real. It is not real," he said, showing his endless gratitude. "This here, I never would've dreamt of something like this. This is mind-blowing to me. I've seen this on Instagram and Facebook and the internet and been like, 'Oh, my God.' If y'all was in my body right now — I can't move. I'm stuck. I'm really stuck."
"You're never allowed to leave our school now," one of the staffers joked in the video.
According to WJCL, the new car isn't the only help the staff and faculty have offered the beloved custodian. Staffers have also assisted him in securing housing, as well as taking care of some of his utility payments in recent months.
"Unity Grove is a special place, and we are so grateful for the people who are in our lives," the school said in a Facebook post above the video, which now holds over 2 million views.
"We are so proud of Chris's perseverance, his willingness to do whatever he can to be sure he is at work for our kids, and as a school we are so proud to share how #unitymakesusgreat," the school wrote.