Emily Shy needed about $6,500 in repairs for her car. The single mother from Phoenix, Arizona, was juggling two jobs and school to take care of her daughter.
“Without a car that runs, I can’t do any of it,” Shy said. “I can’t work, can’t take her to day care, can’t go to my classes.”
The mother was going to have to get her car fixed or else suffer the extreme consequences, so she took her Chevy Blazer to Community Tire Pros and Auto Repair.
Emily was shocked when she received the bill: It was for $0. The auto shop had no plans of charging her.
“It hits our heart because we want to give back to communities, and we see where we can make a difference and see where we can actually give somebody a leg up,” said Howard Fleischmann of Community Tire Pros and Auto Repair.
Howard’s auto shop has partnered with Helping Hands for Single Moms. The organization provides support to single moms who are in college by providing them with jobs and places to live. Over the past decade, the auto shop has donated $230,000 worth of auto repairs.
Emily was so taken aback that she contacted CBS 5 to Pay It Forward to Howard. It was a small gesture of $300, but it meant a lot to the mother to be able to do it.
“I nominated you for the Pay It Forward award because you’ve paid it forward to so many people, I just wanted to help pay you back,” Emily said.
Howard appreciated the surprise but had no plans on keeping it for himself he is already making plans to pay it forward to someone else in need.
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