Reaction of a custodian to be surprised with a car has gone viral.
Chris Jackson, warden at Unity Grove Elementary School in Locust Grove, Georgia, was apparently walking to work before two teachers at the school could collect the money that Jackson needed for a car , Principal Anne Wilson told Fox News.
"This is not unusual for our school ", aWilson told Fox. "Whenever we know a need, people come in droves to help us ... I have been here for 20 years as a manager and it has always been like this.
" People unite around each other, around people in times of need and in times of joy, "Wilson added. "It 'sa real blessing to work here.
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The moment when the the teachers presented the car to Jackson was posted on Facebook last month. In the two-minute clip, Jackson looks stunned when he finds out the car is his.
"Oh my stars, there is a God, " he says in the clip. "Thank you, thank you all.Thank you all. "
" I would never have dreamed of something like this "he adds. " It 's mind blowing to me. "
Since its publication in August, the video has been viewed over 2.2 million times, with over 74,000 reactions and 3,800 comments.
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Jodi Combs, a special needs teacher at Unity Grove Elementary School, and one of the teachers who led the fundraising efforts for Jackson's car - told Fox News that in June, she and first-grade teacher Megan MacDonald found out that Jackson "had been having a hard time.
" Chris is one of those co-w orkers that whatever you need is going to make it happen, "Combs said." The kids love him, the teachers love him. And he works tSo hard. "
Combs and MacDonald decided to help Jackson with fundraising. Teachers and community members raised $ 1,000.
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Although they gave Jackson most of that money, they kept the rest in their pocket. reservations because, around the same time, they also discovered he was walking to work.
Jackson had saved some money for a car, even though he didn't 'not had enough, Combs said.
"We have kept some of those original funds so that we can help Chris when he finds a car, get his badge and get it. 'insurance and all that stuff, "Combs said.
In August, a friend of MacDonald's was selling their Chevrolet Impala, according to Combs.
"She texted me and said, 'Let's make this happen for Chris,' Combs recalls.
Combs said they knew how much Jackson had saved and even with their reserve they still needed an additional $ 1,000 to purchase the car.
Combs said they made an appeal on a private Facebook group for Unity Grove Elementary staff asking for additional financial help to get their car in Jackson.
According to Wilson, teachers were able to raise the money "in a matter of hours " .
Combs said she drove the car to school and around lunchtime asked Jackson to help her with something.
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Combs and two other teachers walked to the parking lot with Jackson. The school 's instructional coach, Erin Pringle, filmed the moment.
"His reaction was invaluable, " Combs said, adding that they weren't even not sure he would like the car. It turned out to be the car of his dreams.
"We were completely blown away ", said Combs. "Everything fell into place.
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Combs and MacDonald managed to get Jackson the title of the car, its tag and its coverage part of their insurance - thanks to the money they raised.
After video went viral on Facebook, community member paid for Jackson's car insurance for a yearcomplete.
"I want people to know that it's not just me or it's not just one teacher," Combs said. "It 's many people with huge hearts who have come together to make this happen.