Burns Lake resident Kristy Wall, who was chosen out of 18 nominations, has taken home a 2007 Pontiac Montana - worth between $5500 and $8000 - with brand new winter tires. (L-R) Kara Wall, Kristy Wall, Doug Waters and Matt Salmon. (Flavio Nienow photos)

Autobot Sales’ generous donation helps single mother of three

Burns Lake resident Kristy Wall took home a 2007 Pontiac Montana

A generous donation by Autobot Sales Inc. will help a single mother of Burns Lake raise her three children.

This is now the third year of Autobot Sales’ Christmas giveaway, which donates a car to a family in need every year.

Kristy Wall, who was chosen out of 18 nominations, has taken home a 2007 Pontiac Montana – worth between $5500 and $8000 – with brand new winter tires. She says the vehicle will bring her the independence she needs to be able to safely drive her kids – who are one, five and eight years old.

The car dealership posted the nominees’ stories on their Facebook page and asked the public who they thought should win. Wall’s story was liked hundreds of times and reached over 8000 people.

“The community decided that she needed it more than anyone else,” explained Doug Waters, one of the owners of Autobot Sales. “Everyone has a story, but it seemed that hers was the most compelling.”

Her sister Kara Wall, who nominated her, said Kristy not only deserves the new vehicle, but that she also really needs it.

“She has found herself single this year and without the family vehicle that she had,” explained Kara. “She has been without a vehicle for quite some time now, causing her to be stuck at home and missing out on activities and outings with her children, and always needing to ask for rides back and forth wherever they need to go.”

“Sometimes that can be very challenging,” she added. “I can’t think of someone more deserving of this vehicle.”

Kirsty has been relying on her sister to driver her family around, and also on her father’s work truck, which she says is not “highway safe” for her kids.

After she got the call from Autobot Sales saying she had won a vehicle, she said her kids were all “excited and screaming.”

“I didn’t know what to say when I got that call; I’m not used to getting good news… I called my sister and I cried.”

“It’s going to be awesome to be able to drive and get a job,” she added. “The kids have already asked me if we can go to Houston swimming.”

The idea to hold an annual Christmas giveaway came from Doug Waters’ wife Kathy, who passed away approximately two years ago.

“The Christmas giveaway honours her,” said Doug. “This is what she wanted for this community, so we will hopefully maintain that in the future.”

“After all, that is the Christmas spirit.”

READ MORE: Autobot Sales donates vehicle for Christmas

READ MORE: Autobot Sales boosts the Christmas spirit


 

@flavio_nienow
newsroom@ldnews.net

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Missing boy was dehydrated but in good health

The boy who went missing near Mackenzie was found to be somewhat… Continue reading

All Nations Driving Academy gets $360K boost from province

Terrace-based driving school bridges gap in services for remote northwest B.C. communities

Skeena Watershed reopened for recreational pink and coho

Four sections and tributaries remain closed

Skeena-Bulkley Valley candidates react to finding Trudeau broke ethics law

The election campaign is heating up before the writ has even dropped

Parking lot rework effort begins

Work is well underway on the Downtown Parking Lot Redevelopment Plan, which… Continue reading

Disney Plus to launch in Canada in November

Analysts say latest streaming service may escalate cord cutting

B.C. manhunt suspects left cellphone video before they died: family

Family member says Kam McLeod, Bryer Schmegelsky recorded final wishes

Okanagan bus driver assaulted for asking patron not to smoke

59-year-old in hospital with non-life threatening injuries

B.C. sets rules for ride hailing, same minimum fee as taxis

Larger operating areas seen as threat by cab companies

Two hiking families team up to extinguish fire in B.C. backcountry

Children and their parents worked for three hours to ensure safety of the popular hiking region

Vancouver man arrested after pregnant woman’s SUV stolen, then crashed

Police are recommending charges against a 22-year-old Vancouver man

Elections Canada to assess ‘partisan’ climate change rhetoric case by case

People’s Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier has said climate change is not an emergency nor caused by human

Unseasonable snow forces campers out of northeastern B.C. provincial park

Storm brought as much as 35 centimetres of snow to the Fort Nelson, Muncho Lake Park-Stone Mountain Park

Most Read