Teresa Kramer and mom, Barbara Gregory
Close your eyes, and imagine living in a broken down car with your mother for 207 days.
“You spend your nights sitting straight up. You’ve lived through fall, winter with snow and ice, and the car has no heat,” said Barbara Gregory, who was forced to live in her car with her daughter, Teresa Kramer.
Kramer said she was let go from her job which left her and her mom to survive on Social Security. And then their rent went up.
“You’re stuck living in your car. You have absolutely nothing. It can all fall away so quickly,” said Kramer.
Or you’re a young couple just two weeks away from expecting your first baby, when you lose everything you own in a fire.
The couple had bought all new items to care for the baby before the fire destroyed everything.
These are the kind of sad stories local TV news airs all too often. They go out over the airwaves, and then, usually, nothing happens.
These stories recently aired on WJZY, the Fox O&O in Charlotte, N.C. But then after the stories aired, with the help of WJZY, some businesses in the community stepped forward.
A local car dealer, Brandon Reeves Auto World, donated a van to the mother and daughter and put them up in a hotel until the paperwork is settled, according to a Fox spokesperson.
And the local Target and United Way showed up with a van full of all the essential equipment the couple might need for their new born baby.
NEW START IN LIFE: A Charlotte mom and daughter fell upon hard times and were living out of their broken-down car. But not anymore…A special thank you to Brandon Reeves Auto World for donating the vehicle to this wonderful family. FULL STORY: http://bit.ly/1TLRk8I
Posted by FOX 46 Charlotte on Friday, May 13, 2016