Teen Who Walked 5 Hours to Work Each Day Gets Help From GoFundMe

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Last September, the Benicia Police Department posted on Facebook about a teen named Jourdan Duncan who officers met while conducting a late night patrol. Corporal Kirk Keffer asked Duncan where he was headed in a dark area with no sidewalk, and Duncan replied that he was walking home, something he says he does every day in order to not “burden” anyone with a car.

Duncan explained that it takes him about five hours each day to walk to and from his job as a packing line worker. KSAT quotes Duncan, “I had to start saving up little by little. It’s a pretty peaceful walk. I just put in my headphones, play my music.” His paychecks were going toward college classes, helping his family, and saving up for a car.

Keffer was blown away by Duncan’s commitment to his job, and he went back to the police station to see if there was anything they could do for the teen. Officers surprised Duncan with a bike in September, and now, Duncan has an even faster way to get to work! The Benicia Police Department started a GoFundMe campaign for Duncan, and with the help of community members, he’s driving a used Volkswagen Passat from the funds!

“Every chance we get to help somebody out we try to do it,” Keffer told KSAT.