From ABC13 News.
Adrian Alcorn is shy, but admits, “I’ve been asking God for a blessing.”
He received it at 4am on Thursday, outside the gate where he checks Valero workers in to the Texas City refinery. Alcorn works for the Port of Texas City.
Early this year, some of the workers noticed the bike next to the guard building. He told those who asked about it that he rode it to and from work.
It wasn’t for exercise. Alcorn’s car quit running, and he didn’t have the funds to repair it, so he found a used bike and duct taped a flashlight to the raised handlebars so he could navigate highway 146 in the dark, as tankers and 18 wheelers passed him.
“I got scared a lot, and just prayed God would get me there safe,” he said.
Not once did he arrive late at his post, despite freezing rain or sweltering heat, and so the plan to help Alcorn began.
Within a couple of weeks, employees at the refinery’s coke unit raised $3,000.
“Everybody was jumping in saying ‘I’ll donate.” No set number, whatever you can give,” said unit superintendent Jason Danford.
A Texas City Toyota dealership didn’t have a vehicle to fit the budget at first, but a trade-in suddenly appeared at just the right price: a Toyota Rav 4 with some miles on it, but otherwise in perfect running condition.
On Thursday morning, Alcorn was on duty when a group of workers approached him, handed him the keys, and wished him ‘Merry Christmas.’
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