Single, Working Mother Receives the Gift of Transportation through Underriner Motors Car Giveaway
One local family received the gift of transportation this holiday season thanks to the Underriner Motors Car Giveaway, a partnership between Underriner Motors and United Way of Yellowstone County, on December 20 at 10 am.
Thanks to Tocqueville Society donors Bill and Mary Underriner and Underriner Motors employees, Mady and her family, received a Honda Odyssey for Christmas. Mady is a single mother of two children, one whom was diagnosed with Meningitis at 3 months old.
The medical bills alone have made it impossible for Mady to afford a down payment on a vehicle. She has two jobs, working 12-hour graveyard shifts as a CNA 6-7 days a week. Mady is also caring for her nephew and sister who is out of work due to a high-risk pregnancy. With having so many people dependent on her, a demanding work schedule and an unreliable vehicle, the stress is beginning to cause health issues for Mady. Having a reliable vehicle will provide a quick way to the hospital eliminating the long wait time and unmanageable expense of an ambulance from Lockwood. It will also help eliminate some of the stress by providing a permanent mode of transportation to get her to and from work and doctor appointments without having to rely on others.
The vehicle is the seventh such gift the Underriner Motors stores have given away. “Transportation is viewed as a key deterrent to financial stability among many of our community members,” according to United Way of Yellowstone County’s President/CEO Carol A. Burton. “Working with community partners and donors such as Underriner Motors in our community just makes sense and provides a much-needed relief for families once it’s provided, “she added.
United Way’s local non-profit partners were encouraged to submit nominations to United Way for potential candidates in need of transportation. United Way then reviewed the applications for completeness and recommended a number of candidates to receive a car. Underriner Motors employees made the final decision on the recipient and prepared a car for the family.