Joy Break: Man Gifts Car to a Dad in Need

When Drew Ritter heard about a man who biked 10 miles to work each day, he gifted him a car. God told him to do it.

By Nancy Flory Published on December 27, 2021

When we turn on our televisions or smart phones we are bombarded with news that brings us down. Where are all the good stories? They’re still there. Here’s one that we hope will bless you.

In the spirit of Christmas, a man gifted his Jeep to a father in need. God told him to do it.

Drew Ritter first heard about Lowe’s employee Eric Lengeni’s plight after visiting the store in Wilmington, N.C., one day. Lengeni, father to a 7-year-old, rode his bike to work 10 miles each way, regardless of the weather. He’s a hard-working guy who has fallen on hard times during the pandemic, his coworkers told WWAYTV3. “He’s one of the most dedicated people I’ve ever worked with,” said a store manager. “And I’ve been here 16 years.”

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At first, Ritter offered to sell the car to Lengeni, but God had other plans. “I felt in my heart, and God telling me, I need to give him this car,” Ritter told WWAYTV3. Ritter decided to make some repairs to the vehicle before giving it to him and set up a GoFundMe account, on which he raised $3,200. He dropped off the Jeep with a bow to the Lowe’s store. “I feel really good and I feel really blessed,” said Lengeni.

Lengeni is looking forward to spending more time with his family, since he won’t be riding to work on a bike anymore. “It will help me out because I have a 7-year-old son. I’d just like to see him more often. Knowing I don’t have a car, it was really hard for me to see him. Now that I have a car, I can see him more often.”

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Nancy Flory, Ph.D., is an associate editor at The Stream. You can follow her @NancyFlory3, and follow The Stream @Streamdotorg.

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