At the Cashiers paying for gas recently, (its cheaper if you pay cash) I overheard a young lady ahead of me, tell the cashier that she lends her car to her best friend that is a caregiver for two elderly people. She said it was becoming hard on her to lend her car now, because her friend, the caregiver lives an hour away from her elder employees. At first the need to borrow her car was twice a week and now the elders want her with them every day (full time). This new change put the girl lending her car to her friend, in a very awkward position.
It sounded like her friend, the Caregiver, needed her own car.
I am standing there listening to this, and I decided to help. I knew where there was a really nice little white Chevrolet Aveo with low miles that has pretty much been in storage that was just coming up for sale. I knew the battery was charged, the tires were good and, it ran like a top.
I decided that I wanted to give this girls caregiver friend that Aveo.
I had the nerve to say “excuse me” to the young lady and told her that I had overheard her conversation and that: "I think I may have a solution” to her problem.
So, I asked for her to wait and she waited, while I paid for my fuel and I walked outside with this young lady and explained to her my story, my potential gift to her friend. All donation. She listened and looked at me like I was perhaps “loco” but with the earnestness I had in my voice, she listened. I gave her my information and asked that she have her friend call me to make the arrangement if she wanted her own car.
The Caregiver did give me a very hesitant call and I verified that I would like to do this for her and asked her/them to meet me at the AAA (Automobile Club-DMV section) two days later, to transfer ownership. Meanwhile, I gave the caretaker, Gracie, the info on the car (I had committed to the seller to buy it) and instructions to pre-purchase insurance so the car could be legally and safely hers by the time of the transfer and that she could freely and legally,
drive it off the AAA lot.
I paid for the Aveo through the Red Sled Santa foundation. I had the car checked, smogged, filled with gas and detailed throughout. My wife drove my truck (for my ride home) and I the Aveo (it was quite the finished beauty) to the AAA location. The two girls were already standing there, outside and when I pulled up in that car, when I pulled up in that car... the look on their faces were so full of AWE that I had to laugh. They shared that they couldn’t believe that I showed up with the car! After meeting and talking and explaining why I felt compelled to follow through with this endeavor, (overhearing Gracie’s friend “Marcella” talking to the gas attendant about her friend needing a vehicle) and after Thank-you hugs, we all walked into AAA to transfer the paperwork. When all was complete and transferred, we walked outside and I presented the keys to the new owner and Gracie crying and with a face of unbelievable gratitude.
And I just want you to know that even though both of these girls were blown away by this generosity, faces with tears and hugs, and commitments to “keep in touch” shared (not necessary), I honestly feel and I truly believe that I received more joy out of giving/donating this car to a person in real need even more than Gracie enjoyed receiving it.
Gee, it felt really great to truly experience a complete and another heartfelt random act of kindness. And it all started with creating a foundation to give, and the timing of we two inadvertent people, being in the pay line, at a gas station. God is good.