Strangers gift car to Springville mom
SPRINGVILLE — The kindness of strangers has left one single mom with a full heart and new means of transportation for her family.
Sarah recently became a single mother and was left without a car to drive to work and care for the needs of her 2-year-old daughter. Through the efforts of family and strangers, she was gifted a used car that had been repaired, reconditioned and detailed.
“I use it for everything -- work, groceries, running errands,” Sarah said.
The car’s donor had purchased a new car and wanted to do something special with the old one. Serve Daily was able to help make connections with local businesses to ensure the car was in tip-top shape before it was donated to a deserving recipient.
Kevin Dunn, the owner and operator of the Payson and Spanish Fork Big O Tire locations donated the repairs. Big O Tires replaced the clutch and the windshield, polished the headlamp covers and provided an oil change free of charge.
Rhiley Jarret of High Roller Detailing donated his services as well. “He did the best detailing job. I was in shock when the car came back,” said Chris Baird, the publisher of Serve Daily who organized the car giveaway.
When the 06 Hyundai Elantra was ready, Baird set about finding someone in need who would fulfill the vision of those who donated and worked on the car.
He posted an invitation on Facebook for followers to nominate someone in need of a car. They needed to tell the story of a deserving recipient, and couldn’t nominate themselves.
Sarah’s sister-in-law saw the post and knew she could put the car to good use. “She wrote about all that was going on in my life and they picked me to give the car to,” Sarah said.
Sarah’s sister-in-law picked her up from work on October 17 and suggested they go for dinner. “We went inside and talked with some people I’d never met before. They said they had a surprise and we went out and they gave me the keys to the car,” Sarah said.
She was shocked and grateful. “I had no idea,” she said.
Sarah is happy she no longer has to rely on other people for rides and can care for herself and her daughter. She is thankful there are those in the community willing to reach out to strangers like herself.
“It makes for a better life for everybody. It makes things work out easier and makes people feel good,” she said. Read more about serving srangers through RAKM on Serve Daily.com.
Rhiley Jarret of High Roller Detailing helped ready the car to be given to someone in need.