On December 17, a single mother in Arkansas received an early Christmas present in the form of a refurbished 2008 Ford Taurus.
Twenty-six year old Miranda Hardage and her young daughter had gone almost a year without a vehicle. According to katv.com, Hardage would walk her child to school, and then walk to her job six days a week, half of time working a double.
Her dream of owning a car became a reality thanks to Murphy’s Autobody and Frame and other local businesses in Crossett. Hardage applied for the car donation after being urged by friends and family. The detailed essay about her recent struggles helped her win the prize, according to katv.com.
Katv.com also reported that Murphy's didn’t participate in picking the applicant. Local businesses and the Junior Auxiliary chose Hardage, and also pitched in to pay her insurance coverage until June 2015.