Woman Struggling to Support Family Wins Car

By: Jessica Zartler Email
By: Jessica Zartler Email

A Grand Junction woman struggling to support her family is getting the keys to a fresh start, with the keys to a new set of wheels. It's all thanks to a local auto repair shop and a contest to giveaway a car, rebuilt from the ground up.

Cruz Herrera just got the best deal of her life on Wednesday, a 1992 Ford Crown Victoria for $1.

Herrera won a contest by Integrity Auto Repair after her co-workers wrote a letter telling how hard she works and that she needed a car.

"I see her struggle everyday without complaint. She's really an inspiration," co-worker Jennifer Goodwin told 11 News.

Auto Shop Owner Blake Brueggeman agreed and thought she deserved a break.

"It reinforces your faith in the fact that there are a lot of people out there working hard in an economy that's working against them," Brueggeman told 11 News on Wednesday.

In the letter, Hererra's co–workers told the auto repair shop just how hard working the mother and grandmother is.

She not only supports her family, fought off breast cancer and served in the national guard for 20 years, they say Herrera has taken in the homeless.

"She really deserved a little help. She does so much for other people," said Goodwin.

Herrera says she gives, never expecting anything in return.

"It makes me feel good but it made me cry. I always do stuff like that take care of people," Herrera told 11 News while she sat in her new-used car.

Now she'll be able to take her family around town without worrying that her car will break down.

"Thank you! I just want everbody to know I appreciate it," Herrera said on Wednesday.

Thankful for the car and for Blake Brueggeman, who says he wishes he could make a dollar deal for every letter he got--all 135 of them.

"There's a lot of letters I really didn't want to throw away. That was the toughest part of the campaign."

Because he saw how many Cruz Herrera's are out there, working hard, who could use a new deal and a new lease on life--or at least a car.

Other local businesses chipped in and donated six months worth of insurance and a one year membership to AAA.

Integrity Auto Repair says the Crown Victoria is like new after a complete overhaul. It only has 60,000 miles and is worth about $2,000.

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