Louisa auto class donates car to single mother

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LOUISA COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- A single mother in Louisa County now has a new car, thanks to a bunch of high school students.

The automotive technical class at Louisa County High School gave a Jeep Cherokee to Monica White on Friday morning. The class had been working to restore the Jeep for the past several weeks.

The Jeep was given to the class by the Giving Words ministry with the understanding that they would repair the car and donate it to White.

"It was in non-running condition," said Robert Goodwin, the automotive technology instructor. "It had some cosmetic issues, had a little bit of issues with everything."

"There was like a rat's nest that we found," said Matthew West, one of the students in the class. "It looked bad, but now the car looks really nice. So we're pretty proud of what happened to it."

White's old car broke down several months ago. Since then she has been relying on her mother and other relatives to help her run errands and get to appointments. Her son suffers from autism, which requires a lot of transportation.

"My son has therapy," White said. "He has 11 specialists. So he has multiple appointments throughout the week."

She is very excited to have a new way to get around.

"We're able to have some independence," White said. "We're able to go to the store. We're able to go to the pharmacy. We're able to go grocery shopping."

Her son jumped into the Jeep the moment he saw it, and he smiled as he and his mother pulled away from the garage for their first drive together.

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