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School bus driver without a car gets new wheels from Raleigh nonprofit

A used minivan became a big blessing for a local school bus driver and her 7-year-old son Sunday morning.

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CARY, N.C. — A used minivan became a big blessing for a local school bus driver and her 7-year-old son Sunday morning.

In Raleigh, as in many American cities, it is tough to live without a car. Even in the era of Uber, it’s difficult for Charleneea Bullock, who is pregnant with twins.

“With me expecting, I had to find ways to the doctor, find ways back from the doctor,” she said.

The single mom, who drives Wake County school buses for a living, totaled her car in June and couldn’t afford a replacement.

Since then, her dad has driven her to work so that she could drive kids to school. After four months, Bullock was presented with the keys to a new minivan Saturday at Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church in Cary.

“It means everything in the world to me. I can get around now. I don’t have to depend on nobody,” Bullock said.

With her 2006 Honda Odyssey, Bullock can now get to work and take her 7-year-old son to the park.

The cost of the car for Bullock was just $500, plus $118 in taxes and fees.

“There is no payment required on it. There is no other obligation, no financing for them,” said Carol House with Wheels 4 Hope.

For the past 17 years, the nonprofit Wheels 4 Hope has provided more than 1,200 cars for families who have a job but are struggling to afford a car.

The vehicles are donated to the organization and repairs are made. All the recipient needs is a referral.

“You have to be referred to us through one of the agencies that we are working with. All of these agencies are listed on our website,” House said.

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