Recycled Rides program donates car to a local single mom

Published: Aug. 18, 2022 at 5:53 PM EDT
Email This Link
Share on Pinterest
Share on LinkedIn

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - A local woman got a life-changing gift that will help her pursue her career and take care of her family.

It was all because of some businesses and their big hearts.

“At first, I didn’t think it was the truth. Nobody doesn’t give anything for free, but it proved itself to be true,” said Carla Paschal.

For her, it’s real. The car is hers.

“It makes me very very happy that it’s mine, and I don’t have to worry about nobody coming and taking it from me,” she said.

She gave up her last car. She couldn’t afford to keep paying for it.

Things have been tough lately.

“I needed assistance with my water and lights, and I reached out to United Way. They were able to help me, and they also started telling me they thought I was a good candidate to receive a charity car,” said Paschal.

It’s all part of a Recycled Rides program.

The United Way, Geico, and Kendricks Paint and Body worked together to offer a refurbished 2019 Volkswagen.

They chose this single mother of three.

“My daughter wants to do band this year, so I don’t have to worry about getting nobody to come and get her, pick her up. I can take her and bring her home, so I’m feeling really good about it,” she said.

She can’t wait to drive this home and see her kids’ faces.

“They’re gonna be excited, they’re gonna be, ‘Mom, this is ours?’ Yeah, it’s ours,” said Paschal.

Paschal dreams of working in law enforcement. She says this car will help her pursue that career.