Americans Donate 800 Cars to Mechanic Who Fixes Them for the Needy

BY AMY FURR

A South Carolina mechanic who fixes old vehicles and gives them to people in need of a ride recently made it into the news.

However, the response to the CBS News story was overwhelming and citizens have since offered to donate approximately 800 cars to his mission, the outlet reported Thursday.

“My phone started exploding from all over the place,” mechanic Eliot Middleton said. “Whatever glowing feeling is inside me, it just transferred from that TV screen and went inside them,” he added and described the massive response as “soul-soothing.”

CBS initially reported that Middleton’s yard is full of used cars he works on to help the residents of South Carolina’s low country.

“There’s no public transportation,” Middleton told the outlet in June. “There’s no Ubers, there’s no taxis or nothing like that.”

Some of the recipients are single mothers, job seekers, and elderly people with doctor’s appointments. During Christmas, he gifted a 2004 Suzuki to a single mom named Jessica Litchfield, who said his work was a “lifesaver.”

“Some folks don’t believe it,” Middleton explained. “It’s like, ‘No, that’s not my car.’”

When asked if it made him feel good to help other people, Middleton replied, “It’s beyond anything in this world.”

Middleton said “never in this lifetime” could he have imagined such a huge response to his work.

As of Friday afternoon, a GoFundMe page created to help continue his mission has raised $127,351 of its $150,000 goal.

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