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WICHITA, Kansas – Cars 4 Heroes gave three recipients a new car at Veterans Memorial Park Wednesday morning.
Two of those recipients include Benjamin Lewis and Jesse G. Shelton-Nielsen.
Lewis is a single father with four boys who has been deployed four times. His car was recently damaged in a wreck in El Dorado.
He says today’s donation means the world.
“I’m still kinda shocked. I never had a car given to me. It is like a load off my shoulders already. Less stress already. I can already feel it. I’m a happy guy right now.”
Jesse G. Shelton-Nielsen’s reaction was very much the same.
Jesse said his current car is on its last legs. He is afraid it might break down with his wife and three kids inside. He says receiving a new car will ease that worry.
“It will make a huge difference. It will give me a piece of mind to know my family is safe. To know my wife is safe.”
The cars those two received are not without the help of donors like Duane & Arlita Buller.
The Buller’s tried to sell their car, but they couldn’t find a buyer. They decided that Cars 4 Heroes was a great idea and made a donation.
“It is a large and safe vehicle.The safety and size of it is good for a family. We brought it in 1995. It was our family vehicle for several years,” said the Buller’s. “It is nice to see Bessie go down the road again.”
Cars 4 Heroes says they receive nearly 15,000 requests for cars a year.
“We are just providing them with a tool that maybe they can get to a better job,” said Terry Franz, Cars 4 Heroes.
To apply or donate a car, you can visit Cars4Heroes.org.