Elizabeth Melde walked in to Martins Collision Repair in Orem, UT, with no idea she would leave in a new set of wheels. The body shop, and several other local companies, teamed up to fix a car donated by Bear River Mutual Insurance that was legally totaled, bring it back to tip-top shape and donate it to a family in need. Melde and her two children fit the description perfectly. Her son Jackson, 5, is autistic and suffers from severe hemophilia, and needs to get to the doctor quickly when in need. Her new sedan will help alleviate the pressure, and danger of not having her own vehicle. Melde’s old car was running on a leaking head gasket for six months before it finally gave out.
“I’ve just been being optimistic,” Melde said. “Hoping I’ll get to my next destination.” She had pulled over more and more frequently to let the car cool down after it overheated, making her kids later and later to school. All those worries are gone now. “I’m just in shock,” she said. “This is a miracle right now. I’ve never heard of anything like this happening to anyone.” It happens to be in her favorite color, turquoise.