Community members gathered to celebrate the longstanding history of Community Care, a non-profit organization that provides vital services and assistance to individuals and families that meet their basic needs and help bridge their journey to self-sufficiency. They also came togethert to witness a heartwarming moment. Robert West, a single father of two children living in St. Catharines, was the deserving recipient of the completely refurbished vehicle that was generously donated by Millerâ€™s Auto Recycling and refurbished by CASTAR St. Catharines.
|From left: Sean McCooey of Miller's Auto Recycling, Jeff Moriarty and Steve Sytchouk of CARSTAR, the West family, representatives of Community Care and Natalie Miller of Miller's Auto Recycling.|
Members of Community Care were encouraged to submit an essay speaking to â€œA new vehicle would enhance my life becauseâ€¦â€ From approximately 40 applicants, West was selected by CARSTAR and announced at the event itself with much celebration from the family.
West and his young son, aged five, and daughter, aged three, were in need of a reliable car. The son suffers from a rare condition called Hallermannâ€“Streiff syndrome that affect growth and development of the cranium, hair and teeth. In addition to this syndrome, West takes his son to a team of doctors for his sonâ€™s vision and respiratory conditions.
â€œThis is such a great partnership, because we get to help amazing people like Robert whose full-time job is taking care of his son and daughter,â€ says Jeff Moriarty, Regional Manager for CARSTAR in the Niagara region. â€œThis is the second year of this partnership for CARSTAR, and because we see the huge impact it has on the community, it is something that we will continue to be involved in.â€
West moved from Winnipeg, Man. to be closer to specialized care for his son. A new car is a blessing for a family that makes regular trips from St. Catharines to McMaster Childrenâ€™s Hospital in Hamilton and Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto.
To further support the family, a gift certificate equal to one yearâ€™s insurance premiums for the vehicle will be supplied by Youngâ€™s Insurance and a $500 gift card for the maintenance of the vehicle will be provided by Q/Max Auto Care.
â€œA refurbished car is an invaluable resource to a family like Robertâ€™s,â€ says Betty-Lou Souter, CEO of Community Care. â€œThe gift of one car, just this one act, means the world to our members. We thank CARSTAR for demonstrating â€œThe Power of Oneâ€ and supporting our community.â€