2001 Ford Ranger Becomes Life-Changing Christmas Gift
Iowa dealership gifts truck to woman who was down on her luck, reminding us that not all used car salesmen are terrible.
It is hard to believe that a 2001 Ford Ranger could change someone’s life, but imagine if you had no home, no job and no way to get around. That is the situation that 59-year old Rozella Diener of Rock Island, Illinois found herself in when she began working with Transitions Employment Services in Moline, Illinois. After going through a messy divorce, Diener found herself looking for a job and a place to live.
A member of her church provided her with a place to live and Transitions found her a job with the Rock Island Arsenal Commissary, but the bus that got her to work wasn’t always running when her day ended. This made it hard for her to safely get back and forth from work, but that is where Jeff’s Car Corner in Davenport, Iowa came to the rescue.
The Gift of a Ranger
Rozella Diener had been nominated for the Quad-City Times Wish List program by one of the therapists at Transitions, citing the woman’s positive attitude through her tough times. Through that program, the paper worked with Transitions and Jeff’s Car Corner to make Rozella’s life a little easier.
On Wednesday, December 20th, Diener was asked to stop by Transitions to sign some paperwork, but when she got there, the paperwork wasn’t quite what she expected.
Car Corner general manager Alex Shoulders was waiting for her with representatives of the newspaper, folks from the employment facility and a 2001 Ford Ranger. When Diener, she was given the keys to her bright red pickup truck. As you can imagine, she was shocked by the gift, looking forward to freedoms that many of us take for granted – such as driving ourselves to the grocery store or home from work.
Kudos to Jeff’s Car Corner for offering up the 2001 Ford Ranger and for the Quad-City Times for organizing this program, as for one woman, a compact pickup serves as a life-changing step towards personal freedom and a new life.
Photos: Quad-City Times