Woman in need gets free car from local organizations

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NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A local woman who has worked to over come struggles after a major heart attack gets help from The United Way and other partners to get a free car on Thursday. 

The United Way worked with GEICO and Hall Mile One Autogroup Recycled Rides program to make this happen Anjenette Hodges.

Hodges says getting the keys to her new car is life changing. “It’s got a push button to start it!” said Hodges. Her excitement was contagious.

Hodges faced a lot of struggles and tears before getting to this point. She says in 2013, she was seven months away from graduating college when she had to have open heart surgery.

“At that point in time, my whole life changed,” Hodges said.

She and her children became homeless and had no way to get around. Her luck changed when she was attending a United Way luncheon and told people about what she went through. That’s when the local organizations stepped up to get her the car.

“I got to give praise where praise is due. I just got to say thank you lord!” she said.

Hodges says her first stop in her new car will be to visit a friend who is in the hospital, and then she’ll plan a trip to do some things she’s been wanting to do for a long time.

“I’m going to do is go see my dad. It’s something when you can’t go see your family, because you don’t have the means of transportation. But now I’ll be able to go visit my dad,” said Hodges.

Hodges says she’s not taking what she got for granted. She wants to give back and help volunteer with United Way.

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