A Newport mother of three walked away with a new, used car Thursday, thanks Good News Garage, a nonprofit car donation program based in Burlington.
Mercedeze Moore hasn’t had a car in almost two years.
“It’s like a breath of fresh air,” Moore said. “I have been walking my oldest to school with my two younger ones with us.”
Good News Garage has awarded 5,500 refurbished vehicles to low-income individuals and families since opening its doors 25 years ago. This particular car was donated by Local 22 & 44 News to be fixed up and donated to someone in need.
Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger and Senator Patrick Leahy were there to celebrate the milestone.
“Just think of that number again, in a state as small as ours, there are 5,500,” Senator Leahy said.
Cash Cranson, operations director for Good News Garage, said the car shortage from the pandemic has made it hard on those who were already struggling.
The organization finds families through its partnership with Reach Up.
“They take ownership of the car we give them the title, it’s theirs,” Cranson said. “We warranty the cars for a year, so when they come in we fix anything that needs to be fixed and change the oil for them.”
Moore is hopeful this car will make her life easier.
“I won’t have to walk,” Moore said. “I won’t have to cancel appointments, I can visit family more.”
Moore’s daughter got to sit in the driver’s seat, but it will be a few more years before she takes it on the road.
“She’s not quite old enough to have one yet,” Leahy said.