Even though the holiday season is coming to an end, the season of giving still continues. Morrie’s Mazda, Gordy’s Market, and Furnish 1-2-3 have partnered up once again for the ‘60 Days of Giving’ campaign. Helping out families around the Chippewa valley. Noelle Anderson tells us how two lucky families were truly surprised today.
It’s been a tradition now for 4 years in a row. Morrie’s Mazda has partnered with Gordy’s Market to give deserving families in the Chippewa Valley a holiday surprise. And this year, the Herrick family of Eau Claire was the recipient of a new, much needed car.
Heather Herrick: “We never expect anything. We barely just make it by, but something like this. I’m just trying to let it all sink in.”
With both of Heather’s sons working part time jobs and her husband Pat a veteran with disabilities, the family was in dire need of a car.
Heather Herrick: “The breaks have completely gone out in it. The driver’s side door is just is held on by bungee cords at this point. The heat doesn’t work. Both of the boys work. So, trying to get everybody every place, using bicycles, the bus, getting rides from people and taxis. Which was crazy.”
The Herrick’s property manager Marit Barquist is the one who nominated the family.
Marit Barquist: “The Herrick’s are just the salt of the earth kind of family. They’re just so kind and so considerate.”
Along with a brand new car, the Herrick family received $1000 in grocery gift cards and free oil changes.
Bill Bertrand of Morrie’s Mazda: “For us we felt like this was an opportunity to do something for someone who’s trying to better themselves and that’s our hope that it’s a leg up for this family.”
But the giving didn’t stop there. Furnish 1-2-3, for the first time, joined in on the ‘60 Days of Giving’ to give one deserving family a $1500 gift certificate to use at the store. The recipient of that gift, Jeff Kacures from Mondovi, who recently had his leg amputated due to kidney complications. Jeff has also been on dialysis since 2006 after having a kidney transplant.
Wife, Julie Kacures: “I wanted to nominate Jeff because he’s very deserving. He’s an inspiration to our family, and to a lot of people. He fights daily to stay alive and stay with us. We can’t always give him the nice things that I think he deserves, so this was just a real treat.”
Jeff Kacures: “I’m very blessed that they think so much of me.”