Gilford man gets free car after Facebook post goes viral, becomes national sensation
BELMONT - In just one week, a Gilford man became a national sensation after just one Facebook post by a stranger went viral - and even earned himself a new car.
Seven days and more than 20,000 shares later, Kyle Bigler's life has completely changed.
"He like knows my coffee, he knows everybody's coffee. You just walk in and he's so personable and he's so kind," Joanna Griffiths, of Belmont, said.
Griffiths posted a photo of Bigler onto Facebook without knowing who he was - just because she felt he needed positive recognition. Take a look at the post below.
"I came through the drive-thru, and I took a picture of him and I said, 'I'm gonna make you famous' and he goes, 'ya right, because of my crazy hair or something?''" Joanna said.
However, her post didn't reach thousands of people worldwide because of what Bigler looked like.
"On Sundays and Mondays I do 20 or 21 hour shifts straight," Bigler said.
And to top it off? Bigler walks 8.5 miles from a Dunkin' Donuts in Belmont to the Big Apple in Gilford for a night shift.
"I was like, 'What are you doing here?' I'm like, 'You were working at 7:30 this morning was that you walking?' And he was like 'Yup.'" Joanna said.
It's a story of a determined young man working minimum wage at two full-time jobs, doing what it takes to see his son and pay his bills.
"There are jobs everywhere you just have to look," Bigler said. "I mean if it's a problem with someone not having a vehicle, I mean I walk 8 miles."
Strangers began reaching out to offer Kyle employment. Autoserv in Tilton even went the extra mile, giving him a free car.
"I thought we probably have a couple cars here that we could just donate to him so he doesn't have to walk 20 miles a day," Ryan Parks, the Sales Manager at Autoserv said.
"He persevered through two minimum wage jobs you know, it doesn't matter what job you're at as long as you try hard and do your best you can make it," Griffiths said.