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It wasn't all bad

Indiana community surprises longtime pizza deliveryman with a new car

Over the last three decades, Robert Peters has gotten to know a lot of people in Tipton, Indiana, and when they learned he was having car trouble, they were more than happy to lend a hand.

Peters has worked at a Pizza Hut in Tipton for 31 years, and Tanner Langley, 28, told Good Morning America he's the only pizza deliveryman he's ever known. "The town of Tipton calls him Mr. Smiley," Langley said. "He makes that impact on everybody and he's a very kindhearted individual."

During a recent delivery, Peters mentioned to Langley that his 28-year-old car was having issues. Langley wanted to do something, so he started a fundraiser to help Peters buy a new car. Within days of launching a GoFundMe, he received more than $18,000 in donations — well above the $12,000 goal.

With the money, Langley was able to purchase Peters a 2017 Chevy Malibu, cover registration, insurance, and taxes, and give him a $500 gas card. He received his surprise car earlier this month, and an appreciative Peters told GMA he hopes "that all those who made this happen will be blessed as much as they have blessed me. This has really been an awesome experience that I'll remember for the rest of my life."