A beloved volleyball referee was surprised with a car he desperately needed by a group of 10 teams and their families. Lemuel Buster, a 76-year-old veteran and grandfather, works as a ref for the Paulding County Parks and Rec Department in Georgia and after his car broke down and couldn’t be repaired, he was renting cars to make it to the kids’ games.
When parents heard about Buster’s situation, they stepped up to help. Their volleyball community donated money to help get him a car, as well as gift cards and cash. He was so moved by their generosity, he couldn’t hold back the tears when he got the new set of wheels - a convertible with a big red bow on top. But that car would wind up saving Buster’s life.
Just after getting the car, Buster woke up short of breath and having had triple bypass surgery four years earlier, he knew it was serious. He barely managed to drive himself to the hospital, where doctors told him his heart was about to fail. But without the car, he wouldn’t have made it to get the lifesaving medical attention he needed. He says, “I’m very thankful and I’m extremely humbled.”