BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – A nonprofit surprised a teacher with a car, and he says it’s the perfect gift.
On Monday, January 9, just before it was time for Henry Maiden to clock out and head home, he was gifted the Acura SUV.
“I’m completely in shock right now,” Maiden said.
Maiden is a dedicated behavior interventionist at Thrive Academy in Baton Rouge. Though many describe him as being passionate about his career, he’s faced struggles. Maiden has had difficulty finding reliable transportation to get to work.
Until now, he’s been walking a mile each way to get to work every day.
He says it takes nearly an hour to get to work walking.
“About 45 minutes max, if I keep straight. Yeah, about 45 minutes.”
But no more after the nonprofit 29:11 Mentorship Program gifted Maiden and his son the Acura.
The nonprofit’s founder, Tremaine Sterling said, “(To) have a teacher, an educator, walk to work on a daily basis to not just feed his family, but to educate the minds and hearts of young people all over Baton Rouge, it meant so much to us because 29:11 is all about that.”
Sterling says someone in the community donated the vehicle to the organization and now they’re “paying it forward” by giving the Acura to someone in need.
They even went the extra mile and made sure it had a full tank of gas before giving it to Maiden.
The teacher says the gift is priceless.
When asked what he planned to do after receiving the car, Maiden smiled and said, “Honestly, resting and then (I) plan on going and seeing my son at school, Friday if I can. You know, spend some time with him. This is the perfect thing for me.”