Monday, 10 August 2020 20:44

Augusta, GA, Hospital Worker in Need of Car Gifted One

Written by Miguel Legoas, Augusta Chronicle


After years of relying on her son to get her to work at University Hospital, Sandra Black’s smile shined as bright as the dazzling car before her eyes.

“I didn’t know how to act, I kept looking at it like...‘Am I really winning this car?’” said Black, who lives in North Augusta, GA. “I’ve never won anything like that my whole life.”


But the big green bow on the 2015 Ford Focus painted in her favorite color promised ‘yes, this is your car.’


The car was gifted to Black on Aug. 6 at the Kendrick Paint & Body location on 15th Street in Augusta. The gift was part of a collaborative effort between the body shop, GEICO and the National Auto Body Council Recycled Rides program.


In addition, Gerald Jones Ford provided a one-year warranty for the car.


CEO of Kendrick Paint & Body Stephen Kendrick Jr. said they have done this several times over the last few years, and felt it would be a good thing to do for first responders hurting during the coronavirus pandemic.


The body shop created a post on its social media where people could put in their information. GEICO then took those submissions, researched them and chose one truly deserving candidate. In Black’s case, she was actually nominated by two loved ones.


Black, 46, is a technician at University Hospital. For the last few years, she has had to share a vehicle with her son and rely on him to get to work every day. Kendrick Paint & Body spokesperson Carson McLaughlin said, during the pandemic, Black’s hours have been cut, and her income has been greatly reduced.

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