September 6, 2010
'Wheels for Success' donates cars to 55 families
TAMPA - The wait is finally over for Yvette
Williamson and more than 50 other families
looking to get keys to their own cars.
"It's kind of not real," Williamson
said. "I was doing the insurance and was
like, Oh my God, you're getting a car. I didn't
sleep at all last night."
Williamson hasn't had a car in two years and
because of it she's been walking her son eight
blocks to the bus stop and spending 45 minutes
to get to a job that's only 10 minutes away
from her home.
But now thanks to Wheels for Success giving
her a car, Williamson can take her son to school
and drive herself to work.
Wheels for Success founder Susan Jacobs says
she knows first hand how much having some wheels
can make a difference.
"I left a domestic violence situation
with no car, no anything," Jacobs said.
But a stranger who happened to own a car lot
gave her a car to get around. That's when Jacobs
went on a mission to get even more families
back on the road.
"When I can tell them 'I've been there,'
and that's only your circumstance and not who
you are," Jacobs said.
Each person getting a car is required to pay
a small monthly fee and volunteer a few hours
month to "pay it forward."
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