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Charity gives away 13 cars in Raleigh's Moore Square

Posted September 10, 2013

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— Raleigh charity Wheels 4 Hope gave away 13 recycled cars to people in need during a special event in downtown's Moore Square on Tuesday.

John Bush, executive director of Wheels 4 Hope, said cars are about more than transportation – they give people freedom, responsibility and adventure.

"A car in this environment is everything," Bush said. "If you don't have a car, you're nobody. A car gives you hope."

Tuesday's event was a celebration of the charity's 13 years of repairing hundreds of donated cars and giving them to people who need a jump start. 

"For the last five years, my life has been riddled with drugs and alcohol," said car recipient Mike Edge, who hasn't owned a vehicle in half a decade.

Edge made a U-turn away from substance abuse, earning himself a red 1997 Toyota Camry from Wheels 4 Hope.

Wheels 4 Hope New wheels mean new start for 13 people in Raleigh

"To be able to open a car door, put my family in it and drive away safe, that's amazing," he said.

Bush said owning a car can be life-changing.

"It really changes your life and your attitude," he said.

For Edge, the car keys start more than a V6 engine, they are a start to a new life.

"We've gone from a homeless shelter to a garage to an apartment to having this vehicle. It's an amazing experience," he said. "Now I'm just like any other American. We just needed a little boost and hope."

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  • nanab Sep 12, 2013

    I challenge WRAL to do a 6 month follow up on these 13 individuals and see where having a car has lead them.

  • 678devilish Sep 12, 2013

    how are they going to afford insurance, gas, taxes, inspection fees, tags and basic maintence fees?

    Just maybe that is taken care of for them. You need to stop being jealous and have compassion for those less fortunate than you.

  • 678devilish Sep 12, 2013

    More give aways to these takers. GET A JOB!!

    Stop being so jealous. If they had gave you one, you would not be complaining. Instead show some compassion for those less fortunate than you. Can you even do that?

  • tiger50 Sep 12, 2013

    I agree with phaste82. More give aways to these takers. GET A JOB!!

  • Billy the Kid Sep 12, 2013

    13 more cars with no insurance to be hit by.

  • phaste82 Sep 12, 2013

    If they couldn't afford a car, how are they going to afford insurance, gas, taxes, inspection fees, tags and basic maintence fees?

  • josephsignoretti Sep 11, 2013

    It's really a shame that so many people look at this as some sort of "entitlement" program. It's people helping people. There are many of us who were doing OK only to wake up one day to find our jobs gone or overwhelming medical bills. I personally have faced that and worried how I would feed my family. We got better. In a few months I plan to donate a Cavalier to this group in the hopes it helps a deserving family.

  • tierneemalinadeveaux Sep 11, 2013

    "How much of MY tax money was wasted on this entitlement program? Give me a few minutes to find more baseless excuses to resent this act of human decency and compassion..." SARCASTICLES

    Your REAL problem is not wasted tax money. I hope that you are independently wealthy, and never have to depend on anything or anyone else for survival...ever. If not, your words may come back to haunt you.

    Wheels 4 Hope operates on donations and the sales of some of the cars that are donated. They are a not-for-profit organization that is doing a tremendous job in the community. Not only do they give cars to the less fortunate, they sell cars to the community at market value---no more. So, instead of bashing their efforts, I would actually check out their inventory when it is time to buy a car; that way, you get a good car for a reasonable price without a gigantic car payment.

  • btneast Sep 11, 2013

    How much of MY tax money was wasted on this entitlement program?

    Zero. You should do just a little research before you display your ignorance. They fund most of their work through the sales of used cars. They get donations from corporations, churches and some local mechanics that donate their services.

  • T-Man Sep 11, 2013

    'Won't be long before Scotty McCreary shows up with free Bojangles and performs a free concert for them.'

    Yeah, the homeless have SOOO wonderful!

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