Strangers gift car to Springville mom

Serve Daily - - COMMUNITY - By Me­gan Wall­gren for Serve Daily

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

Rhi­ley Jar­ret of High Roller De­tail­ing helped ready the car to be given to some­one in need.

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