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Man Who Bikes 14 Miles To And From Work Gets Huge Surprise From His Community

Tony Berard, 50, bikes seven miles from his apartment in Waterford, Michigan to Meijer grocery store where he works overnight as a stocker. On a snowy Saturday night, Jason Kapoor, 20, noticed Berard and asked him if he needed a ride. Kapoor told TODAY.com, "I just recently heard about a man who was killed after getting hit by a car on his bike nearby. I didn't want to see that same thing happen to Tony."

Berard got into the car where Kapoor turned the heat on high. He also asked him why he was biking instead of driving. Kapoor said, "I wasn't trying to pry, but I thought maybe he got his license taken away or something along those lines."

Berard told him he had been biking to and from work every day for the past five years. His wife was physically and mentally ill, which put her out of work as a community counselor 11 years ago, so he'd been doing his best to support them both. He added that he bikes 11 miles to his other job tutoring math at Oakland Community College.

Kapoor, who works as a leasing consultant at a Chrysler dealership, shared "He said that vehicles cost money and with the insurance and gas, it's not even possible for them."

Kapoor then gave Berard his number and said he would be happy to give him a ride anytime. He then posted the experience on Facebook, which many readers suggested that he start a GoFundMe campaign. Kapoor said, "At first I thought we could get him a cheap car if we raised about $1,000, but it surpassed that within a few hours." Kapoor started the GoFundMe page on Sunday and has since raised over $18,000.

On Friday, Berard went to the dealership with Kapoor to pick up his brand new Chrysler Town & Country minivan, leaving him with enough money left over for gas. Berard told TODAY.com "It still truly hasn't hit me yet. Five years of riding my bike around and now I will no longer have to."

The only two cars he's ever had were donated to him from his sister and dad, and they both had a ton of problems and constantly broke down.

Berard went on to say "Something as little as being able to get everything I need from the grocery store because I can put it into my car now instead of my bike basket. Also, my family will no longer fear me getting hit while riding my bike. It will just make life easier for me and my wife. I will never take any of this for granted."

A local restaurant in Port Huron offered to pay his first year of insurance, and members of the community have stopped by to drop off gift cards for Berard. Kapoor added, "I'm excited to keep in touch and look out for him."

Photo: Go Fund Me

Community raises money to give this deserving man a new car.

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