| September 1, 2008
Have wheels, will travel
TAMPA - Twenty Bay Area families have new
wheels to get around this Labor Day weekend.
Wheels of Success held their third annual Labor
Day Giveaway Monday to keep working families
Sharon Newson was all smiles as she sat in
her new car.
"I am so tired of taking the bus three
hours in the morning and three hours in the
evening," she said.
Susan Jacobs founded Wheels of Success five
years ago. She says the program is a win-win
situation for everyone. The organization aims
to keep working families working by helping
them out with a used car.
"We really try to screen for people who
this is going to make a difference in terms
of helping them move up to the next place in
their life," Jacobs offered.
The cars aren't free though. Recipients pay
$40 per month on average for a year. After
a year, they get the title. They also give
three hours of their time back to the organization
"It invests them in the program. They
realize they're just as important now for the
next family to get their vehicle," added
Suquana Mallett has two little boys at home.
Daycare eats up a good chunk of her paycheck.
She may not be the first to drive the deep
purple Pontiac she has the keys to, but to
her it's as good as new.
"It'll get me from point A to point B,
so I'm good," said Mallett.
The organization runs off donations from individuals
and some car dealerships. They then raise the
funds to get the cars fixed. Jacobs says it
costs about $1,000 to fix a car on average
- a small price that can make a big difference.
"Already it's changed my life just knowing
Thursday last week I got one more day on the
bus, just one more day on the bus. It's just
exciting, I can't wait," raved Newson.
Wheels of Success helps about 10 families
every month. They'd like to help even more
and are always looking for donations whether
it's an entire car or just a part. If you'd
like to make a donation you can call them at
(813) 490-9443 or go to their website: www.wheelsofsuccess.org
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