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Generous mechanic fixes and donates over 60 repaired cars to people who need them the most

Generous mechanic fixes and donates over 60 repaired cars to people who need them the most

Eliot Middleton has since created his own foundation that helps donate fixed cars to folks who don't have their own ride.

A generous BBQ restaurateur has taken up a second job as a mechanic just so he can help his community. Eliot Middleton repairs vehicles and hands them to people who need them in his rural locality. According to WLTX, the CBS affiliate in Columbia, South Carolina, Middleton has since created his own foundation that helps donate fixed cars to folks who don't have their own transportation.

"They now know that there's somebody in the community that was looking out for them and cared for them to be able to carry on," said the man, who is the owner of Middleton & Maker Village BBQ in Awendaw. To date, Middleton has handed out over 60 cars. This was partly made possible by his virality in June, which in turn fetched him donations of unused or broken cars from all over the country.

According to CBS News, almost 800 cars were donated to him at the time. As the contributions flooded in, Middleton realized that "with somebody pushing the iron, there's going to be folks behind you pushing the iron too." Thus, he created the Middleton's Village to Village Foundation 12 Days of Christmas car giveaway this holiday season.



 

Through this, he gave away 12 vehicles every day for the due course of the 12-day event. Aziare Green, who received a 2006 Honda Civic, was extremely grateful towards the community, especially Middleton who made her car ownership possible. "You have no idea how much this means to me," said Green as she received the present.

"I'm so glad we were able to help," responded Middleton. Thanks to the man's generous gesture, Green, a single mother, would not have to "wait and borrow people's cars." According to CNN, Middleton began fixing junk cars a year after his talented mechanic father's death. Hoping to honor his legacy, he began donating these cars throughout rural South Carolina. 



 

To get these cars, he trades a plate of ribs from his restaurant. Back in June, he launched an online fundraising campaign to support this heartwarming project. "You don't have a car, you don't have a career. How will people who have no reliable buses, no Ubers, travel to the city, where they would be able to find bigger jobs at the port authorities or manufacturing centers?" he told CNN at the time.

"They can't walk 40, 50, 60 miles to great jobs -- they have to settle for small-end jobs that pay well below what they need to survive...Giving someone a car can change all that, and it does change all that. I want to help everybody looking to better themselves when transportation is what's holding them back," he added. It's truly amazing to see that Middleton is continuing his good work and that the community is helping him in his endeavor. 

Cover image source: GoFundMe | To continue helping folks with transportation!!

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