While most of the country was buying on this year’s “Black Friday,” there was a used car dealership in Chesapeake, Virginia that turned things upside. They gave a car away, surprising a single mother of seven children with a new car.
At approximately 2pm on Friday, Tiffany O’Neal thought that she was getting a ride to bring her 15-year-old son to a job interview at Wine Automotive on Battlefield Boulevard in Chesapeake.
“I was so confused when we got here,” O’Neal said.
Things got even more confusing for O’Neal when the dealership owner, Jeff Wine, pulled a 2011 Buick Enclave around the corner. He simply got out of the car and handed the single mother the keys. That’s when O’Neal started to figure things out.
“Oh my God, thank you so much. I cannot believe this!,” O’Neal shouted as Wine hugged her.
The owner of the dealership had made some goals earlier in his life.
“Made some goals when I was 20 years-old, and one of them was giving back to he world,” Wine said. “When I bought this place, I really wanted to make sure it worked that way.”
Wine purchased the former Great Bridge Auto Sales earlier this year, and developed a plan to give away a car every month to someone in need. This is not easy for someone in the car business. Profit margin’s can make or break a business.
“I’m a firm believer that if you give, it will come back to you. I believe you in my heart,” Wine said.
So Wine put up a nomination form on his website. Those eligible to win the car have to live in either Virginia or North Carolina, and they have to have a good story to tell.
“We already have more than 100 stories,” Wine said. “Many made me cry.”
However, 15-year-old Taylin O’Neal’s story caught his attention.
He wrote that his mother lost both of her modes of transportation.
“She does everything she can to make sure we are OK. She is disabled and has been waiting for her disability to be approved. All she wanted was a vehicle to fit us all at the same time,” Taylin wrote.
The 15-year-old went on to write that earlier in November, the family found out they would have to move out of their house because the landlord let the house go into foreclosure.
“I know having a car would lift her spirits,” Tylin wrote.
O’Neal said, “This is the best thing ever. I’ve never been blessed like this in my life. I’m very excited.”
O’Neal was the first recipient of Wine’s idea to give away a car to someone in need.