Metropolitan Ministries surprises two Tampa families with cars for Christmas

Metro Ministries, others give away cars

TAMPA - Two Tampa families got the surprise of a lifetime Wednesday morning thanks to Metropolitan Ministries.

Metro Ministries based on North Florida Avenue in Tampa is known for helping people in the community in need all year 'round, but during the holidays they kick it into high gear.  Wednesday, they changed the lives of two families forever.

Jessica Gray, a single mother born and raised in Tampa, says she will do anything for her son Jeremiah, just 3-years-old.

"Monday through Friday, I get up at 5:00 in the morning so that I can leave around 5:45 to get to work on time," says Jessica.  "I have to be there by 7:00."

She says it's why she catches two buses, an hour one way, and sometimes rides her bike another 25 minutes if she has to go to a different office location.  All because she doesn't have a car.  She says she still has to find a way to provide for her son.

"He's my rock.  He's the reason why I keep going," says Jessica.

While Jeremiah wished for toys, Jessica's grown-up Christmas list had just one item.  And a week early, her holiday wish came true.

"I think it's awesome," she said, in shock as she walked up to a car that was brand new to her.  Recycled through the services of AllState Insurance and Sterling Autobody Centers.

But Wednesday morning wasn't just special for Jessica, but also for Nelson Ferrer, Selina Andujar and their three children.

"It's like a dream," said Selina as she touched the car he new family car.

Selina's husband works the graveyard shift and catching the bus, or walking home if he misses the bus became a safety concern.  But now, they say it's a big relief knowing they will have a reliable vehicle to get to and from work and safe transportation for their children.

Both families say the best part is they now don't have to depend on someone else to get them to and from where they need to be.  Now, they have their independence, thanks to the generosity of others.

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