AUGUSTA – Today is recognized as Giving Tuesday, a movement across the world that focuses on charitable giving. It’s fitting that today in Augusta, one woman received a gift that’s going to help her in more ways than one.
On a cold and snowy Maine winter day we’re reminded just how important a reliable vehicle can be. It’s something Alicia Sullivan won’t have to worry about anymore.
“Through this whole process I was like, ‘No, this doesn’t happen, this isn’t real’, even when I was signing the paperwork I was like ‘no this isn’t real’,” said Sullivan.
Sullivan has been faced with a number of hardships in life, including drug addiction, homelessness and domestic violence. Now she’s building a new life for herself and her son, and a new car was a must.
“My front end is all messed up and it cost way too much to get it fixed and I didn’t know even if I was going to be able to make it here,” Sullivan said.
She did make it, and she left with a new set of wheels. It’s all thanks to the folks at Darling’s in Augusta. They partnered with Maine Families, Geico and the National Auto Body Council to give Alicia the gift of a lifetime.
“It was probably one of the easier decisions we had to make,” said Darling’s Augusta General Manager Lance Quinn. “As soon as we heard about the recycled rides program and how it’s affiliated with Geico we couldn’t jump on soon enough.”
Sullivan found out about the car donation opportunity through the Maine Families program. She says it’s going to help in so many ways.
“I want to say thank you so much for thinking of me, and this is a Christmas present for a lifetime even though it’s not Christmas yet,” she said.