It’s been a tough year for 21-year-old Hannah McLeod.
The single mom works two jobs to make ends meet, but commuting is difficult because she’s stuck living in an area with limited public transit. To make matters worse, her old car was destroyed after she was hit by a drunk driver, leaving her quite literally stranded.
That’s where Stan’s Transmission Centre comes in: The Vancouver auto repair shop had a 1991 Sundance (a.k.a. Betty White, because “she’s older and lots of fun”) sitting on its lot for a number of months, so they decided to give it away for free on Christmas. The company put out a call on Facebook asking for nominations of deserving people in need of a new set of wheels.
McLeod didn’t know it at the time, but a few of her family members and friends wrote in on her behalf. And, naturally, the single mom’s story resonated with the auto shop. Staff immediately got to work, pouring in $1,500 worth of parts and labour to the vehicle.
“I’m so happy,” McLeod said, sitting in her new ride for the first time. “I can’t even believe how nice…that they would be doing this.”