ROXBURY, NJ – In past years, the owners of Knight’s Automotive Repair in Ledgewood had a tough time choosing the recipient of the car they gave away in their annual Wheels to Prosper program.

This year was different.

Peyton and Nancy Knight said their decision to give the car to Rockaway resident Latasha Lindsey was a no-brainer. “We always look for somebody that gives back, works hard and is in need of a car,” said Nancy Knight, adding that Lindsey went above and beyond those characteristics.

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Lindsey is a 37-year-old single mother of an 18-month-old girl who pulled herself up out of homelessness with the help of Homeless Solutions of Morristown and a lot of self-sacrifice, said the Knights. They said her grit, determination and willingness to help others – even though she had barely enough to survive – convinced them she deserved the 2009 Hyundai they gave away.

Almost Like New

As with all cars in the Wheels to Prosper program, this year’s vehicle was given a thorough inspection and refurbishment by mechanics at Knight’s Automotive Repair, a TAPinto Roxbury sponsor. Another site sponsor, Ken’s Auto Body of Ledgewood, performed any necessary body work.

“I am very grateful and so happy,” Lindsey said on Friday, the day she got to drive off in the silver car. “I’m so excited. This is going to improve my life so much.”

Lindsey has been forced to rely on expensive Uber cars, public transportation and her mother to get to her jobs and to school. She recently passed the exam to become a phlebotomist.

Lindsey never owned a car. In fact, it was only last month that she got a driver’s license, she said.

The Knights said glowing recommendation letters from people at Homeless Solutions played a big part in their decision to give the Hyundai to Lindsey.

In one of those letters, Homeless Solutions Supportive Housing Case Manager Emily Legg urged the Knights to choose Lindsey, describing her as “a hard-working single mom who is completely devoted to providing her daughter with a bright future … the type of person who is grateful for every opportunity that is presented to her.”

 

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