SAGINAW COUNTY (WJRT) - (11/13/17) - A Saginaw 19-year-old will never forget his birthday thanks to the generosity of his co-workers.
Noah Robinson works in the shipping department at Glastender in Saginaw County.
Friday they pulled off a surprise that was weeks in the making.
"They're like, 'we got you something for your birthday'," Robinson said.
Robinson had inspired them to give back.
Not only is Robsinson dedicated to doing a good job, he's determined to make it to work.
"Six-and-a-half miles one way. Rain, sleet, shine, whatever it was, he was riding his bike, and he was here on time all the time. It just turned into, 'we could probably do something to help him out'," said Dan McGrandy, an engineering tech at Glastender.
From Robinson's home near Arthur Hill High School in the city of Saginaw, out to Glastender on N. Michigan off of Tittabawassee in Kochville Township, it takes Robinson 46 minutes on a bike.
He's been making the trek since this summer.
Initially friends and family would drive him, but that option proved unreliable.
"The only way I had to get here, you gotta get here somehow," Robinson said.
Robinson now lives with his grandmother after growing up in the care of a guardian.
At age 18 he hadn't gotten his driver's license. That changed when Glastender's owner found out.
"Took me out to do some road practice first, and then he took me out to do my driver's test," Robinson said.
Robinson just passed his test Thursday.
Then Friday, the day before his 19th birthday, came the surprise his co-workers had been working on.
"Congratulated him on getting a license, his birthday coming up, and then talking about how us, as a Glastender family, all pitched in to get him something," McGrandy said.
Dozens of employees pooled their money to buy an Oldsmobile Alero for a young man doing his best to start a life, despite a few challenges along the way.
They raised enough money to pay for a year's worth of insurance too.
"I couldn't say anything, I was too excited, like, 'oh my goodness'," Robinson said.
Robinson said this act of kindness showed him what it means to have a 'family'.
"I've been driving it for the whole weekend and even though, every time I get ready to step foot in the car, I'm like, 'I can't believe this is happening'," Robinson said.
"We're one little tight community here and we're one big family," McGrandy said.