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“I Couldn’t Stop Crying.” Single Mom Gets Life-Changing Gift From Good Samaritans.

A little kindness can make all the difference in the world. Just ask this mother who is riding a little easier thanks to the generosity of others!

Nina Archuleta is a busy lady. The single mother to a 10-month-old works full-time, and on top of this, she is a survivor recovering from addiction. Wait… there’s more. She balances all of this – without a car.

But recently, Nina’s world changed when she was gifted a new car from Utah nonprofit, God’s Garage. She is now the new owner of a 2012 Toyota RAV4.

“It’s so big. (It makes) so much difference,” Nina said. “I couldn’t stop crying. … I’m so grateful.”

Nina was surprised with the car when she went to America First Credit Union to discuss her car application with God’s Garage representatives – or so she thought. She had applied nine months ago so a follow-up meeting didn’t seem unusual.

This type of gesture is the core of God’s Garage. The nonprofit organization donates cars and mechanic services to single moms, widows and wives of deployed military members.

Jodi Klingensmith, a representative from God’s Garage, said the nonprofit began 20 years ago in Houston, Texas. However, it has been in Utah for four years. The Utah location is run by members of the Washington Heights Church in Ogden, Jodi explained.

God’s Garage receives more than 200 applications per year. In fact, in 2021, 248 women applied for the 40 cars they ended up giving away, Jodi said. Nina’s car is the organization’s 24th giveaway this year and her application was chosen out of a pool of 294 applicants. What a blessing!

The organization’s generosity has touched Nina’s life forever. This gift means so much more than no longer having to ask for rides. It provides a new level of independence for this mother.

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