“This will change my life:” Chilliwack business community gifts car to single mom

Stephanie McCormick, single mom of three, was given a 2004 Toyota Camry

Sometimes a little white lie goes a long way: for Stephanie McCormick, it lead her all the way to a free car.

“Stephanie,” her step-father called. “You’ve got to come see this little dog with a Santa costume on.” With a roll of her eyes, McCormick finally agreed to get out of the truck and head into Fix Auto. But upon entering, instead of a canine Claus, McCormick was met by a group of community members who came together to grant a Christmas miracle: the gift of a new-to-her car.

Stephanie McCormick’s new car, a 2004 Toyota Camry

Parked out front, next to the vehicle McCormick arrived in, was a 2004 silver Toyota Camry. And with only 133,000 kilometres on the odometer, the four-door family car is the perfect fit for McCormick, who’s a single mother of three.

“I can’t believe this,” said McCormick with tears streaming down her cheeks. “This is so amazing!”

Lynda Currie, McCormick’s mother, nominated her in the giveaway contest. “I just think being a single mom is hard enough,” Currie said. “Even harder for a working single mom.”

“I knew she needed help, she’s had a really tough year (and) was always relying on other people for rides,” added Currie. “She walks her kids to school every day, 45 minutes each way, (then) walks more than an hour to work.”

With 40 applicants, Niels Larson from Valley Toyota said the panel who selected McCormick had their work cut out for them.

“It’s always hard to pick the winner,” Larson said. “But we make the decision based on the entries we receive.”

For more than a decade-and-a-half, Fix Auto has been teaming up with members of the business community to give away a fixed-up, pre-owned vehicle to somebody whose life would be changed by the gift. For the past five years, Valley Toyota has been providing the car. This year’s car was sold new off the lot, by Larson, in 2004, and was traded in this year when the family upgraded.

“We’re always looking for a decent car,” Larson said. “So when this car was brought back in, we decided it would be a great fit.”

Before the car was given to McCormick, it had bodywork done, its tires were upgraded, the inside was detailed, and its gas tank was filled up. Additionally, the trunk was filled with all the trimmings to prepare a full Christmas dinner, an iPod for each of McCormick’s three children, and $1,000 worth of insurance was donated by HUB International Barton Insurance Brokers.

READ MORE: Strapped single mom gifted car

“We make sure anything it needs is put on,” adds Larson. “It shouldn’t require any repairs, and should be a good vehicle for many years to come.”

Thanking everyone in the room, McCormick said she was overwhelmed and beyond grateful for the gift. “I just can’t believe it,” she said. “This is truly a Christmas miracle. This is going to change my life.”

“I can’t wait for my kids to see it,” she adds, smiling. “They’re going to be so surprised!”


@SarahGawdin
Sarah.Gawdin@theprogress.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Chilliwack Chiefs blow out Prince George Spruce Kings in home opener

Ethan Bowen scored three goals as the Chiefs dumped their Mainland division rivals 6-2.

Missing Chilliwack 17-year-old last seen on August 20

RCMP asking public for help to find Lorenz Pentz

Blowback from the Trudeau in brownface debacle reaches Chilliwack

PM in questionable photos released in the middle of the federal election campaign had ripple effects

Prospera and Westminster credit unions approved for proposed merger

Abbotsford- and Surrey-based companies now take matter to membership vote

Gill Road bar in Chilliwack being eyed for gating and campsite

People love Gill for fishing and four-by-fouring but desecration by trash dumpers is continuous

PHOTOS: Young protesters in B.C. and beyond demand climate change action

Many demonstaers were kids and teens who skipped school to take part

Walmart to quit selling e-cigarettes amid vaping backlash

U.S.’s largest retailer points to ‘growing’ complications in federal, state and local regulations

Former B.C. lifeguard gets house arrest for possession of child porn

Cees Vanderniet of Grand Forks will serve six months of house arrest, then two years’ probation

Student arrested at South Delta Secondary for alleged assault

The alleged assault occurred between two SDSS students on Wednesday, Sept. 18

Crown alleges resentment of ex-wife drove Oak Bay father to kill his daughters

Patrick Weir alleged in his closing arguments that Andrew Berry is responsible for the deaths of his daughters

‘I’d do it again,’ says B.C. man who swam naked, drunk in Toronto shark tank

David Weaver, of Nelson, was drunk when he went to Ripley’s Aquarium in Toronto on Oct. 12 2018

How to react to Trudeau’s racist photos? With humility, B.C. prof says

‘We are now treating racism as a crime that you cannot recover from’

Victoria man spots online photo of his totem pole 11 years after it was stolen

Mark Trueman restored the pole himself before it was stolen off of his property in Duncan

VIDEO: Fire destroys Williams Lake strip club targeted by past arson attempts

Diamonds and Dust Entertainment Lounge destroyed by fire, as well as New World Tea and Coffee House

Most Read