On the GoFundMe site donations have ranged from $1 to $100, with many leaving messages such as this one Thursday from $50 donor Barb Knapp: “Ever since I read this story last Sunday morning in the Detroit Free Press I have not been able to stop thinking about what James Robertson has endured these last 10 years. My heart was broken and I was brought to tears.”

“This is the kind of guy America needs,” wrote Edward Klkotka, who donated $20. “Hardworking and dedicated. He has the type of character that every employer dreams about.”