Virginia Automotive Students Gift Car to Single Mom

Oct. 23, 2023
Michelle Mendez said she's surprised by the generosity of the teens.

Michelle Mendez, a single mother of six living in Virginia, was surprised when local automotive students gifted her a car.

For the past year, the students have taken on the project to help Mendez, who says the gift is like a weight taken from her shoulders. 

“They’ve really been helping me to get this car. It’s just been hard,” Mendez told WDBJ News. “I really appreciate everything to make this happen.”

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative awarded Giving Words, an organization founded by Eddie Brown and his wife, $10,200 to help get the car.

“The component that I look at is just the hope, and just seeing that in her eyes as she received this car and just the excitement - and what it means for her boys, too,” Brown said.

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