5 Lowcountry family members receive automobiles as Christmas surprise

AWENDAW, S.C. (WCBD) – A single Lowcountry man is dedicating his time to encouraging families in rural spots. On Christmas working day, 5 families woke up to a automobile in their driveway.

It’s many thanks to Eliot Middleton who founded Middleton’s Village to Village Foundation. Following internet hosting a foodstuff generate previous yr, several attendees told Middleton they walked, some for miles, in get to decide up meals. That”s when he understood a bigger difficulty.

“People out listed here in the rural locations, they need to have autos. For the reason that if they really do not have motor vehicles, they cannot get again and forth to respectable jobs, they just cannot get back and forth to medical professional appointments,” reported Middleton.

The autos are donated to Middleton who then fixes them up. Right before opening a cafe in Awendaw, Middleton was a mechanic for 17 yrs.

“Out below with no transit, no bus, no uber, no taxi, a car is like the range one priority right before something can really happen for you out here,” said Middleton.

At the time the vehicles are all set to be donated, he finds households in need. Component of that course of action is talking to leaders in rural cities, like Andrews or McClellanville.

Just one receiver of a vehicle on Christmas is Melanie Lee of Andrews. Middleton observed her through the Mayor of Andrews, Frank McClary.

Lee experienced a truck but it lately gave out immediately after many visits to Charleston.

“I had a truck that I have had for about seven a long time and it was jogging very fantastic. Then my son acquired sick in August and I was back again and forth to charleston just about every single day,” stated Lee.

Then in November, her son passed away. She was still left with grief and numerous other fears.

“Now, below I am obtaining to worry about how am I gonna go check out on his young ones every day, convey them to the household, feed them, and get them no matter what they require,” she said.

Thanks to the surprise car or truck donation, Lee now has a way to make confident her spouse and children is taken care of.

“My newborn that I lost…his two ladies? A single of them lives about eight miles from me and I’m with her every single day,” said Lee. “So she’s back again and forth. It is gonna aid me get her to dance course. It’s gonna aid me get the other types to things they would do with their dad.”

Middleton says this is a Xmas he will by no means ignore and he hopes to go on his vehicle donation program to help as quite a few folks as he can.

If you have a motor vehicle you’d like to donate or know anyone who would be a very good applicant for the plan, speak to Eliot Middleton at [email protected]

The corporation is also looking for towing devices and mechanical devices. Middleton suggests he’s also hoping to encourage any young adults or individuals who want to study mechanical techniques to get to out as he is arranging to incorporate volunteer chances into the program.