Wheels4Hope provides cars for eight families

Posted June 2, 2010 12:16 a.m. EDT
Updated June 2, 2010 4:40 p.m. EDT

— Eight North Carolina families will be getting around easier this week thanks to Wheels4Hope, a faith-based, non-profit organization that repairs donated cars and recycles them back into the community.

“It just transforms their lives. You can imagine getting up every day and doing what you do, with all the responsibilities and obligations that you have, but you walk out the door, and you don't have a car,” said John Bush, executive director of Wheels4Hope.

Wheels4Hope helps as many as 40 families a year. They send donated vehicles to local garages, who donate their time and talents to fix them up. Each garage receives a $700 allowance to get the vehicle road worthy. The vehicle is then sold to a deserving family for $500.

“We have other people donate parts in situations like that. It has worked out pretty good. Plus, it's just helping someone out that's had some bad times and all, and it's a little thing that we can do to help the community,” David Blackburn with Triangle Car Care said.

Tesha Barringer and her husband both work, but transportation was a problem. With three children, they leaned on others until Wheels4Hope helped them get a car.

“We do have a couple of church family members that would pick us up and take us, but to have your own (vehicle) is even better,” Barringer said.

Daniel Mauldin said he fell on hard times after struggling with substance abuse. He is sober now and gainfully employed.

“This (vehicle) will allow me to have transportation, of which I haven't had for several years now,” Maudlin said.

“I love it. I'm so elated," Barringer said of her Wheels4Hope car.

Families are recommended for the vehicles by local aid groups. If you would like to donate a car, or get more information, visit the Wheels4Hope Web site.