JUNCTION CITY, Kan. (WIBW) -- Christmas came a few days early this year for Elaine Brown and her two young daughters. They were chosen to receive a reconditioned car at Auto Craft Collision in Junction City.
It was all part of the "Acoat Selected National Benevolence Program" that presents refurbished cars to deserving individuals or organizations during the holiday season. This year, 250 cars were given away at 82 body shops across North America.
"Mostly, I’ve been walking to work and the kids have been walking back and forth to school and home and everything. My oldest daughter has asthma so the weather hasn’t been good for her. I’m just glad that I have a vehicle now to bring them to school. This is a very huge help for me and for my family," Brown said.
Jaden Randle with Auto Craft Collision on East Chestnut Street says they worked with a local church to find a qualified recipient and they were happy to make things easier for Brown, a single mom of two.
With her children by her side, she was surprised Tuesday afternoon and received a free Ford Taurus. Other local businesses who contributed to the project were present for the big reveal.
"The project started a long time ago when we took cars that were either written off, totaled or something like that to where we refurbished them, making them perfectly safe to drive. We had a lot of volunteers that helped make the car look right- oil changes, tires, insurance, car seats, toys, Dillons cards, whatever we need to make someone less fortunate have a happy holiday," he said.
"There wasn't a dry eye here when she saw that car. It made it all worth it," he added.
"I’ve never won a contest or anything like that so it just feels so great. My heart is all warm and fuzzy right now. This is definitely the best Christmas present I’ve every had," Brown told WIBW.