Organized by: amber smith
My short term goal is to raise some money to donate to a charity I came across online at www.freecharitycars.org; I found this website sometime ago the first time I was in need of a car. I love this website because they are trying to help families in need of permanent transportation. I believe giving a gift of a "new" car to someone could completely change the situation they may be in. It could help them get a job, help them keep their current job; get them to the store to get groceries, to the needed doctor appointments, etc. At first, I will admit, I did not put much thought into doing this until it happened to me.
It started in June of 2014 when I re tore my acl. I was immediately put on medical leave. My first thought was, “now what am I going to do about my one year old son and my two older kids, how am I going to pay bills, ECT." I had to have surgery on august 14 2014 and I am expected to be out of work until at least march 2015. This news had me really down; my light to get me through to the end of the tunnel was my car. Even though I lost my jobs, my cell phone, and a lot of other things, I never lost my hope because I still had my car. My car was my ticket to getting back and fourth to my doctor appointments, my physical therapy, my sons wic appointments, my sons doctor appointments, and everything I needed to do for my older kids. My car was my life line, my way to get better so I can go back to work and start making money again and get everything I need for the little loves of my life, so I can make money to give all three of my kids everything they deserve.
All of this came crashing down about two weeks after my surgery. I was cleaning up dinner when I herd what sounded like something popping in the microwave. Upon investigating, it was not the microwave, it was my car on fire in the drive way. My brother ran out to spray it down to keep the flames away from the house until the fire department arrived. My sister in law called the fire department and I broke down in tears. There went my life line in less than 5 minutes. Up in flames, completely gone just like that. Now, we are left with no transportation, no way to get anywhere we need to go. I am now bound to our home, trapped like a caged bird. My light went out. That’s when I remembered free charity cars.
I started thinking, everything happens for a reason. I do not know the reason, however, I do know the feeling all these people are feeling that are signed up on free charity cars. The feeling of not being free, the feeling of a viscous vortex swallowing you quickly while you’re trying very hard to keep fighting for that break, that breath to catch so you don’t suffocate and drown. The feeling of a smidge of hope, hope that someone will throw you a life line to help pull you back to safety. The hope that at least one persons hears your faint cry for help before it is to late, the hope that there are still compassionate people out there who might be reading this and will understand that while their donation, no matter how big or small, will help make a difference in someone’s vortex. I finally have the courage to make my fundraiser and ask for help, not only for me but for multiple families out there who are in the same vortex as me, to pull them out of their vortex onto the boat of life so we all can be on the same boat and thrive. I hope you have the courage to donate and pass this page along to spread the word. I hope we as a community hit not only my first goal but pass my goal by a huge number and help multiple families thrive and regain their hope again.