Nestled in a small corner of Indiana, U.S., Robert Peters has been delivering pizzas for Pizza Hut for 31 years and counting. While he knows it's not the most glamorous of jobs, Peters has tapped into a deeper joy in the work. "There were people in my family that were like, "maybe you should consider something a little more financially stable?" he told CBS Evening News, "But it’s my purpose in life—trying to make people happy. You know, when you’re delivering to somebody, you may be the only face they see all day.” Over three decades, the town of Tipton, where he delivers the pizzas, has come to look forward to his deliveries. They even nicknamed him "Mr. Smiley". So it shouldn't come as a surprise that when Peters began having issues with his 28-year-old car, one grateful longtime customer immediately took to social media with an idea to raise funds to surprise Peters with a new car. In just three days, local community and strangers contributed over $19,000 to the effort - enough to surprise Peters with a Red Chevy Malibu, covering fees, taxes, insurance, and then some. Describing the surprise as "almost surreal," Peters' gratitude simply mirrors the community's gratitude to him: "I just hope that all those who made this happen will be blessed as much as they have blessed me."
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