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12 Cars of Christmas

We unofficially ended our 12 Cars of Christmas on Christmas morning at Metropolitan Ministries with Elder Ford and Forever 55 (NFL) presenting a brand new car. We say unofficially as we still have a few of our recipients to get into their vehicles because of title or insurance issues that are in the process of being resolved. Thank you to all the funders who made this possible. We couldnít do this without our car donors and community partners! Itís not too late to donate your car for 2020 and get credit on your 2020 taxes if you call us for pickup by December 30th!

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Wheels of Success’ BUILD-A-CAR program allows individuals or teams to “adopt” a car to get it road ready. The average cost to repair and recondition a donated car is $3000. 

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12 Cars of Christmas

December 14, 2017
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Waiting for Wheels: Nikita

Nikita is in desperate need of a reliable vehicle as soon as possible to remain employed.

Nikita is a veteran and single mother who was referred to Wheels of Success through Metropolitan Ministries. Her car has been broken down for over 3 months and is not worth repairing, so Nikita struggles to get to work daily. She does everything she can to get to work, whether it is taking the bus or getting rides from co-workers but she is on final notice from her employer because of her transportation issues.

Due to lack of transportation she and her 3 children are displaced and do not have their own safe place to live. She is in desperate need of a reliable vehicle as soon as possible to remain employed. With a reliable vehicle she will be able to get to work, regain her independence and hopefully find a place to call home for her and her children.

Waiting for Wheels: Shaka

Shaka, an applicant "Waiting for Wheels", is a single mother of 5 children and in desperate need of a vehicle. Two of her children have mental disabilities that require many medical and therapeutic appointments. She struggles daily to get to work and take her children to their necessary appointments. Through no fault of her own, Shaka lost her transportation when she was in a severe auto accident which totaled her vehicle. Her injuries from the accident healed slowly, but she still managed to continue working full time.

A "New to Her" vehicle will help Shaka be able to work more hours earning more money, with the potential of receiving a promotion. Her "Keys to Success" will help her maintain her independence; provide better support and a brighter future for her 5 children. With a "New to Her" vehicle from Wheels of Success, Shaka will also be able to take her children to appointments without the disruption and hours of time the 6 different buses she currently has to take causes.

This hard working mother of 5 is patiently "Waiting for Wheels" while working hard towards a better future for her and her children. Let's work together to get Shaka on the "Road to Success" with a "New to Her" vehicle as soon as possible.

Waiting for Wheels: Melinda
Vehicle for Veterans

Melinda served in the army from 1983 1992 in Germany and Korea feeding her fellow service members. After the military she became homeless but her relentless work ethic and spirit persevered. She obtained housing through the VA HUD/VASH program and has been stable in her own apartment for over a year. Melinda is working full time as a patient caregiver, often taking overnight shifts whenever offered to further help maintain her independence and financial stability. Getting to work is a daily struggle but she persists rain or shine taking 4 buses and riding many hours a day.

Melinda has been patiently waiting for her "New to Her" wheels since Feb but it should not be much longer since we have matched her with a vehicle and a BuildACar sponsor. Wheels will be placing her in a donated low mileage 2001 Acura CL once the repairs have been completed thanks to a grant from DAV Charitable Service Trust.


Waiting for Wheels: Kathy with the Contagious Positive Attitude and Urgent Need for a Vehicle

When Kathy attended our Car Care Class last Saturday we immediately noticed her contagious positive attitude and then discovered the urgency of her situation. She currently resides at Metropolitan Ministries with her children and is working hard and taking as many shifts as she can to be able to move out and get her own place to live. She works as is a medical assistant technician; her job requires her to travel throughout Tampa and Clearwater Beach every day. It is becoming impossible to do her job at all these locations if she has to continue depending on buses. Without a vehicle, she is afraid that she will lose her job working with one of Tampa's most prestigious hospitals. If she loses her job it would be a huge setback in her dream for her family's independence.... A small place of their own furnished by shopping at the Goodwill. All she needs for her dream to become a reality is her "Keys to Success"

Waiting for Wheels: Tanya's Story

Tanya (not her real name to protect her identity) currently resides in a residential program for young girls that are victims of human trafficking. They provide her with basic necessities, as well as treatment for alcohol and drug abuse. Through their Vocational Rehabilitation Services, she has landed a life changing position as an apprentice with a local florist. She works alongside their top designers creating everything from simple nosegays to intricate, formal arrangements.

The only problem is that the bus she takes to work each day drives through her old neighborhood, which is full of prostitutes, drugs and horrific memories. She wants to move on and not look back at her past life. Her dream is to own her first vehicle, and never have to travel through her old neighborhood again.

When Tanya receives her Wheels vehicle, she will be able to do just that. She will be promoted at her job and literally drive away from her past. With her vehicle from Wheels of Success, she may even open her own floral business one day.

Help Tanya by donating today to build-a-car

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Wish List

Wheels of Success always accepts vehicles, boats and RVs (running or not). We are also currently in need of:

  • Gift cards for Office Depot and Staples and Gas gift cards in any denomination
  • Volunteers for every day of the week
  • Laptop computer
  • Laser printer

If you can donate any of the items on our wish list please contact us.