Sunday, October 5, 2008

Your car makes a huge difference

I love working at Good News Garage. I can see the impact on people's lives because of the cars we provide them.

I sit down with recipients every once and a while and chat with them to find out more about the people we are helping. There are a couple women that stand out.

One mom told me she had a terrible car accident where she broke her ankles and totaled her car. She was in the hospital for three months and had eight surgeries. While she was in the hospital she found out she was pregnant but because of the surgeries her baby was dead. She had a daughter already. Her boyfriend couldn't handle the situation and bailed. Her mother took care of her daughter but in another state so she couldn't see her child while she was in the hospital.

The day she could be release from the hospital, she didn't have anyone to pick her up, which is a requirement of the hospital. She lied and told the nurse her ride was there. She walked to the bus stop, using crutches. Fortunately the driver saw she was in rough shape so he drove her to her front door.

She was in the state's Reach Up program. They told her, like they tell all people who want a car from Good News Garage, that she had to be working or in job training 20 hours a week. This women wanted a car so bad she took her child to daycare on the bus then on crutches walked 10 blocks to work at a non-profit. She did it in all kinds of weather. She received a car from us then found a better paying job. She told me it really has changed her life. She was clearly very grateful.

She is such a bright warm down-to-earth person. I wonder how many people see her everyday and don't know the intense hardship she has been through. I wish the donor of her car knew how much of a difference they made.

Donate a car. Change a life. Receive a tax deduction.

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