G&C proudly supports these organizations in our community
Dawn is a single mother of six children, four of whom still live with her, three of them being special needs 12 year-old triplets. She was nominated by a coworker who wrote, “She is the hardest working person I have ever met. At times she has two or three jobs to support her family because she doesn’t want to go on public assistance. Right now her only vehicle is an unsafe truck that won’t fit her family… I have never met such an amazing person.”
Morgan’s church urged her to call, which she did. She is a single mother of four, ages 18, 8, 3 and 2. They live nearly 20 miles out of town, nowhere near public transportation. All of her children attend different schools because of their age differences. She takes care of her ill mother, and both of them need to get to doctor’s appointments, some of which are at UCSF in San Francisco once a week.
Marianna is living in a hotel, taking care of not only her two daughters but also her mother who is recovering from lymphoma and her grandmother who needs groceries and transportation to doctor’s appointments. “My dream is to one day move out of this hotel. Please consider me, a desperate mom who is brutally honest, never into material things, currently raising the kids solo…”
Brett and Michelle have four children under the age of seven and live in a broken down motorhome on the outskirts of town and walk everywhere. Every Sunday they make a five-mile, round-trip, walk to their church. They were nominated for the giveaway by three of their fellow church members. Before winning the Aerostar, they had to walk into town for everything if they couldn’t get a ride from friends.
Lilly was nominated by her boss! She and her husband have two small sons and one very unreliable car to get Peter to work, while Lilly has to get the boys to childcare and then to work via bus. After caring for Peter’s father, who had terminal cancer and sister with cerebral palsy, losing their house and filing bankruptcy, they can’t even get a small loan to buy a cheap car. Her boss wrote, “Sometimes I notice that she doesn’t have a meal to eat at lunch…she could easily be in the welfare system, but she chooses to work!”
Dondi had two letters written on his behalf, one by his 14 year old daughter! He is a father of four children, from 10 to 14 years old. He was a Marine and was shot twice and blown out of a Humvee serving our country! He recently broke his back and required back surgery. Unable to work, he had to sell their car. As his daughter says, “My dad is an amazing man…he served his country and now he is raising us four all by himself.”
David and Shawna have five children and one on the way. David works “two jobs , always about 72 hours a week…as a chef who recently graduated from the SRJC culinary program. I don’t even make enough money to pay the bills, let alone afford a car to get my family around.“ Without even a house phone, he and Shawna communicate via email while she stays home with the kids all day!
Renee is a grandmother mother and grandmother who shares her two bedroom apartment with her two daughters and three grandsons, sleeping on the couch and helping care for the boys. She also cares for her gather since her mother passed away last year. “It has been really difficult to get to my dad’s house and appointments. I have to get my older grandchildren from school while bringing the baby with me and sometimes the buses don’t run late enough.”
Desiree’s husband left her and their two daughters after eight years of marriage. He left her with $45,000 of debt and a mortgage payment she can barely make. She makes $1,000 a month and often has to decide between bills and groceries! Her parents, who are both on disability, have recently moved in with her. Her mother has a brain tumor that causes her to have seizures (with her first one, she went into a coma for ten days) and her father just had vertebrae replacement surgery. Her daughters are in first grade and preschool and they have no way to get around…their borrowed car, which could only be driven in third gear, broke down about a month ago.
They now have a great Elantra with only 40,000 miles on it to get to school, the grocery store, etc. As she says in her letter, “Thanks to Gene Crozat and all of G&C Autobody me and my children have a brighter future and the beginning of a better life. This car that you are giving my family is more than just a car, it’s hope. I haven’t seen my children have such big smiles in a long time and I haven’t smiled like that in a very long time. Gene has given me hope and faith again.”
Learn more about G&C’s Meter Beaters.