STORIES FROM FAMILIES
“ Donor of this wonderful vehicle:
Our family would personally like to thank you with all of our hearts. You have no idea what a blessing this car means to our family. We (my husband and I) have been struggling to get back and forth to work and to doctors appointments. Our 2 year old son had surgery when he was born and we've had to catch rides back and forth to a hospital 2 hours away. On top of that our 7 month old daughter has had a lot of respiratory problems lately and we had to take her to the hospital to see if she had RSV. Thank God she did not. This car is not only a car, it's a symbol of your kindness and a major blessing for our family. Thank you so very much! God Bless you and your family. Thank you for the very best Christmas gift.”
Lynda, a young mother from Harrison County was referred to the Good News Mountaineer Garage. She was working part-time as a Certified Nursing Assistant at a local nursing home and taking nursing classes at Fairmont State. Though it was difficult for her to get transportation to work and school, she was determined to continue and complete her schooling. Good News Mountaineer Garage provided Lynda a 1993 GEO Prism in November 2006. Lynda did graduate and in August of 2007 and she was able to get a full time nursing position. The car donated to Good News Mountaineer Garage was a major factor in changing Lynda's life and helping her family to move from state assistance to a self-supporting WV family.
"Thank you so much. You have no idea how much this means to me and my two girls... You have changed my life and the lives of my children." -recipient of 2000 Honda Accord
"Thank you so much for the car, now I can finally go places and do things with my son and I have a way to work." -recipient of 1995 Buick LeSabre
“We really appreciate the car. It feels so much better to have one and not have to borrow a car or have someone to take me places. It feels like a lot of stress has been lifted off us.”
Rosabelle and her children live in Mingo County. In September of 2006 Good News Mountaineer Garage received her referral from the WV DHHR to receive a car. She was working as a receptionist for Goodwill and needed transportation to keep her job. Her baby daughter needed surgery on her ears and Rosabelle also needed transportation to and from the doctor office and hospital. In October 2006 GNMG provided her a 1995 Nissan Quest which we received from a donor in June 2006. How did the donated vehicle help Rosabelle and her family? Here is an email we received from Rosabelle on February 08, 2008:
“It's been a while but you all have not been off my mind. With the Lord and you all I was so blessed to get a van in October of 2006 just in time for my baby to get tubes in her ears. I won't take up much of your time I just wanted to give many thanks to all those who helped me and my children obtain such a blessing. I have a real job now and one that I love, thanks to you. God Bless you all! Cordially, Rosa W.”
STORIES FROM DONORS
My wife, Sarah and I recently replaced one of our cars and decided to donate the older model Jeep Cherokee to the Good News Mountaineer Garage. This was the second donation for our family. We dont replace cars very often, and hoped our old Jeep would find a good home.
The folks at Good News made it easy. Its tax deductable as a charitable contribution. They did all the paperwork. We signed our names and then forgot about it until the following message arrived from the new owner a couple of weeks later:
“ I really needed this vehicle. My husband takes seizures and this will help him to get to and from his doctors appointments. So well hopefully find out why. I also have an 11 month old son who will appreciate the new ride. This means the world to me. I do appreciate it and desperately needed it. Plus, Im going to go back to school so I dont have to wait tables the rest of my life. Thanks so much.”
That card stopped me cold right in the middle of a work day. What do you say about something that was just taken-for-granted transportation for us but could generate that sort of heartfelt response from others? I did not stop to consider how blessed we were, owning two cars, until I got that card. Its propped up on my desk as I write this and it will stay there a long time to remind me that,
"For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required." Luke 12:48
I am humbled to think that our old car meant so much to that family. I am sure there are many more stories out there waiting to be told. All it took was the gift of an old car to make a difference in somebody's life and to put some perspective back in our own.
- Ricklin Brown
Perry McDaniel donated his 2000 Honda CRV LX. Mr. Perry is longtime supporter of Good News Mountaineer Garage. We asked him why he donates his vehicles to GNMG, he said, "I have donated two cars in the past and am aware of the wonderful community service you provide. I, also, heard about you on public radio."
Tammy Owen donated a 2004 Toyota Sienna
Russell McQuain donated a 1998 Buick LeSabre
Stan Hager donated a 1999 Ford Contour
Debra LaDoucer donated a 1998 Subaru Impreza Sport
Judge Herman Canady donated a 1995 Buick Park Avenue
“It was so easy to donate a car!”
“Made me feel so good to work with the Good News Mountaineer Garage!”
Danae Bixler donated a 2004 VW Passat GLX