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Steve Harvey Show: Remember The Young Man Who Walked 20 Miles To His 1st Day Of Work?

A young Homewood man who touched hearts throughout the nation and beyond over the summer when he walked more than 20 miles to work to be on time for his first on a new job will appear Friday on the Steve Harvey show.

Walter Carr, who in July was surprised by his Bellhops movers’ boss with a gift of a car, taped the show last month in Los Angeles. Harvey is an Emmy Award-winning TV personality, talk show host, actor and comedian.

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Walter Carr

It all began late on the night of July 12 when Carr’s car broke down. Knowing he had to be at work at 8 a.m. the following day, he called a few people but couldn’t find a ride. He said he then pulled up his Google maps to see how long it would take him if he walked.

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Jenny and Chris Lamey

He set out at midnight from near the Palisades in Homewood to the job site on the far end of Pelham. He took U.S. 280 and walked throughout the night. In Pelham, he encountered several police officers who stopped to question why he was walking alone in the middle of the night. After hearing his story, the officers took him to breakfast and ultimately gave him a ride the rest of the way to the home of Jenny and Chris Lamey, who was packing up to move.

Jenny Lamey was impressed by Carr and quickly formed a bond with him. The following day she posted about the experience on Facebook and Carr’s story took off.

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The following day, with the Lamey family and Pelham police in attendance, Bellhops CEO Luke Marklin surprised Carr by handing over his own 2014 Ford Escort. “I am honestly blown away by him,” Marklin said of Carr. “Everything he did that day is exactly who we are – heart and grit.”

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Carr then experienced a whirlwind of national news shows. Before he even had a Twitter account of his own, others were blowing up theirs with the hashtag #belikewalter. Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey tweeted her admiration for him, as did United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley.

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A GoFundMe established in his name hit more than $60,000 and Carr then pledged that any money received on top of that would go to the Birmingham Ed Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to increasing the number of students in Birmingham City Schools that are on the path to college, career, and life readiness.

Carr took part in the program when he was a student at Carver High School. Carr said the program unites middle and high school students to network and brainstorm ways to better the school experience.

Carr is finishing up school at Lawson State and continues to work for Bellhops. He is joined by Lamey, Marklin, and JW Carpenter from the Birmingham Education Foundation on Friday’s show.