New car for Christmas

Talk about a Christmas present.

Skye McCluskey received a car thanks to a local tire shop manager.

Brandon Colvin manages the Vernon Fountain Tire store and just before Christmas 2017 he handed McCluskey the keys to a 2008 Pontiac G5.

“We put a new engine in it and a whole pile of parts,” said Colvin. “The car's in great shape. It was a fun project.”

Colvin had heard about other car giveaways and wanted to do something similar.

“I didn't think it was going to happen and then this car came out of nowhere,” said Colvin.

A customer brought a car in with an engine knock and it was discovered the motor had to be replaced. Not wanting to put that much money into the car, the owner agreed to sell it to Colvin who fixed the car up and gave it away.

People then submitted their stories and Colvin and his co-workers went through them all to determine a winner.

“It was a tough decision,” he said, adding that it was a friend of McCluskey's who submitted her story of a single mom who recently lost her partner.

Winning the new set of wheels has made life easier for the Lumby resident.

“I was, and still am, completely shocked,” said McCluskey. “It's made a huge difference. I don't have to worry so much about it breaking down anytime soon, unlike my old car.

“As much as I loved my old car it was constantly breaking down and I could never afford to take it into a shop so my poor dad would always make the three-hour trip to Grand Forks just to fix it for me.”

McCluskey said even her “six-year-old daughter is excited about our new car.”

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