He’s Helped Stranded Drivers For 50 Years… Now They’re Giving Back In A BIG Way
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There’s a living legend in San Diego, California. His name is Thomas Weller, but most people know him as “The Highway Man.”
For 50 years, The Highway Man has driven the freeways of the Southern California city looking for broken-down vehicles. When he finds one, he pulls over and offers a helping hand, any way he can, and never, ever asks for payment.
You might be wondering why. It turns out Weller is paying it forward, just as he was asked to do some 50 years ago.
At 16, Weller found himself off road in a snow bank after he lost control of his car during a Chicago blizzard. A good Samaritan stopped to help Weller get his car out of the snow. Weller offered to pay the man for his troubles, but he wouldn’t accept and according to Weller, simply asked, “You pass it on when you can.”
So that’s what Weller did, and has done since. But in 2011, fate put an end to Weller’s generosity.
An accident involving Weller’s trademark ’55 Ford, a wagon named “Beulah,” totaled the car and it was garaged, for what Weller assumed, would be forever.
A couple years later, Weller’s legacy became the focus of a documentary from Foster Visuals. Brent Foster, spearheading the film, started a GoFundMe page for Beulah, to try to raise enough to repair the car. As word spread and Weller began some promotional radio interviews, he caught the ear of Rick Moore, who offered to fix Beulah out of his own pocket, eventually spending nearly $18,000.
But for Weller, Moore says, it was well worth it.
Watch the heartwarming video below to see the emotional scene when Weller finally has Beulah back in his driveway and the love, compassion, and benevolence that shared in this great moment. There won’t be a dry eye in the house.
As Weller reminds us, sometimes just the little things are enough to make a BIG difference.
“If I cannot do great things, I’ll do small things in a great way.”