Unemployed mom with special needs daughter wins a car

An unemployed Canton mother without car is trying to make life better for her special needs child.

If ever a 1996 Cadillac with a spot of rust on the trunk could be be loved in an instant, this is that instant.

First, the back story - Caroline North didn't have a car.

"I'm having to use family members' cars," she said. "I live in Canton and there's no transportation,"

Her daughter Sophia has special needs, which means somehow getting the sweet little 4-year-old from Canton to appointments all over metro Detroit.

"When the baby was born and we found out she has special needs," said Caroline's mother Laura. "My daughter basically gave up her life to raise Sophia."

So Laura entered a Metro Parent magazine essay contest. The winner would be given the Cadillac Sedan Deville by Two Guys and a Garage of Waterford.

One of those guys is Jim Clark.

"It feels pretty good," he said. "Giving back is a nice thing. We are giving what we can."

When Laura's essay was picked the winner, it was a surprise to Caroline.

"I forgot to tell her," Laura said. "So when she got the call, she's like, 'Mom did you enter me for something?' She was just ecstatic."

FOX 2: "Do you know what kind of car it is?"

"I know it's an older car," Caroline said. "I don't care. I need a car so bad, something that is reliable and something I can use."

Moments later Sophia was in the backseat trying to buckle up.

"We need to seatbelts so we can be safe," Sophia said. 

"I like it," Caroline said."Thank you so much. It's such a blessing."

Jim says it was all in the Christmas spirit.

"It just renews your faith in humanity," said Laura. "That there's some people out there that want to help people who are down and out. And they weren't just trying to sell the car for money, worrying about the bottom line."
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