PHOENIX (KSAZ) - A missed opportunity has turned into a new opportunity for a valley family. They have been without a car to get around, but not anymore thanks to a national program that gives away vehicles to families in need.
Civona Nelson's talent got her an invitation to audition for American Idol; the problem was her family did not have a car to get there.
"We tried getting some help with transportation, everything like that and we didn't end up getting it," said Civona Nelson.
But not having a car also made other tasks difficult. Civona and her siblings took two buses to get to school every day. Her mom Misty took three buses to get to work.
"I've missed volleyball games because they start and end before I can get there," said Misty Barnes.
But the Nelson family doesn't have to worry about that anymore, thanks to the "National Auto Body Council's Recycled Rides" Program.
Now they're ready to hit the road in their newly refurbished car.
"We get in our cars and drive to work, we don't think about families having to ride the bus for three hours to get to work, or not being able to make medical appointments, or the dentist, or just simple grocery shopping," said Bruce Dennis.
"I've never owned a car, and the fact that people took their time away from their own families to help us is rewarding within itself," said Misty.
Misty says her new car will make even the smallest tasks a lot easier.
"Even going to the grocery store, and bringing home a gallon of milk in the car, without having to figure out who is gonna carry it, and when are you gonna switch off," she said.
Now she can watch her kis play the sports they love.
"Just to be there supporting them, that's so important, and I've been missing that and I'm gonna be able to do that," said Misty.
Geico donated the vehicle and technicians at Caliber Collision donated their personal time to work on the car.