Mother receives renovated car with help from the community

LOUISA, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Colleen Kelley, a mother in Louisa, was able to drive off in her newly renovated green Jeep on Friday thanks to the donations of local nonprofit, Giving Words, and the work of the Louisa County High School automotive class.

"I'm overwhelmed and ecstatic," said Kelley.

A couple of months ago her son, Christopher, got into a bad accident that totaled her car and left him barely alive.

"He was given one percent chance of survival," she said. "And basically has a major brain injury and was sent home as a vegetable."

Without a car, Kelley had been struggling to get her son the medicine he needs to survive, but she was willing to do what she had to to keep him alive.

"He needs seizure medicines and heart rate medicine," said Kelley. "I can't find a ride, so I was walking to the CVS in Montpelier. Three hours one way, of course, six hours round trip."

Now with her car, Kelley says she can better take care of her son. Damian Shifflett and Dustin Mayo, who were in the automotive class that fixed up her car, said it feels good to give back in such a big way.

"I like helping out people and giving back to the less fortunate always feels great for me," said Shifflett.

"When you can just do good things for people, it makes you feel amazing," said Mayo.

Jinny and Eddie Brown, the founders of Giving Words who gave the car to the class, said it could not have been done without donations from the community.

"It's humbling to recognize that they are in such need and that some of us have so much," said Jinny.

"Being in a rural community, a car is really a necessity," said Eddie. "It was going to go to the junkyard and we were able to pull it back and save it and then bless somebody with it."

Kelley told everybody involved in getting her the car that she could not be more grateful.

"From a mother who's been a little struggling lately, thank you very much," said Kelley.

The class and Giving Words are currently working to renovate three more cars for those in need. People can donate to the organization by going to the Giving Words website in the Related Links box.

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