GREENSBORO, N.C. – Sharon Starnes has used the Amtrak train to get to a job training program in Burlington for more than a year.
Starnes' commute back to Greensboro included another train ride, city bus, taxi or paying someone for a ride home.
“It was frustrating, some days were better than others,” Starnes said. “In the snow, in the rain, it was hard. But it was something that I had to do.”
Sunday, with the help of community organization, Starnes was gifted with a blessing, receiving her first car.
Wheels 4 Hope is a non-profit, faith-based car donation program that turns donated cars into local blessings. Program Manager Tawanna Jones said the program is not a giveaway.
First Baptist Church donated $500 to help with any repair cost of the car.
“It’s a very small contribution in the grand scheme,” said Pastor Alan Sherouse.
Starnes said now that she has her own car, she plans to visit her granddaughter that she helps support.
Starnes is the second person to receive a car blessing through Wheel 4 Hope this year. The organization has a year-end goal of helping 48 families.
Anyone who would like to donate a car towards the car should contact the organization at http://www.wheels4hope.org