EUGENE, Ore. — Convinced he would be forced to spend a big chunk of change to get his car running smooth again, a Sweet Home man found out mechanics couldn’t find anything wrong with it.
Robert Johnson says a few weeks ago his car started acting funny, so he took it over to Kendall Auto in Eugene for a look under the hood. He says he waited for hours, but it turned out nothing was wrong was with his car.
Prepared to leave with an extra $100 in his pocket, he started talking with people at the Great Rotary Duck Race outside and decided to buy $125 worth of tickets.
“They were very inspired and very passionate about what they were doing, so that kind of sealed the deal,” Johnson said.
Johnson says he walked away after he bought the tickets and prayed. He says it was the right thing to do.
The 26th annual Great Rotary Duck Race is Oct. 12. Who knows, Johnson may be the person that walks away with a new truck.
Regardless, over 25 years, the event has raised more than $5 million for Lane County nonprofit organizations. This year’s six recipients are all helping prevent child abuse.