CREATED Aug. 17, 2013
Omaha, NE - More than 15,000 veterans request a car from the Car's for Heroes program every year. Only the most needy from around the country are selected. Saturday morning, one veteran was given her own set of wheels right here in Omaha.
Shea'la Woods knows life's obstacles. She's recently divorced and lost her job after her marriage. Now, she's a single mother of two boys trying to get by. "I mean there's help but there's not a lot of help, I try to do as much as I can for my kids."
While trying to catch up with bills, Woods lost her apartment and her family became homeless. "It's hard but I know things will get better, I try to do the best I can, I'm a single mom," says Woods. Life wasn't always rough, for five years she traveled in the army, however, once out, she found herself without a car.
No matter how many rough patches she comes across, she stays positive. "As long as my kids know I did something great in life, I don't really care about anything else, I know that God will bless me eventually."
That blessing came sooner than expected with a gift from the Cars for Heroes program. The program surprised the family with a 1999 Toyota Camry. Although the car isn't brand new, it's exactly what Woods needs. She's been traveling four hours everyday on the bus to get her kids to daycare and herself to work.
"I am so thankful, I am so happy, I really am at a loss for words and I'm never at a loss for words," Woods in shock, can hardly find the words of gratitude. Before driving away with her new car and new found freedom, Woods cries out one more thanks.