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Off Lease Only Donates Used Mini-Van to Struggling Mother at Charity Event

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2006 Chrysler Town & Country mini-van donated by Off Lease Only

2006 Chrysler Town & Country mini-van donated by Off Lease Only

LAKE WORTH — Single mother Heather Moorer thought she was one of many candidates being considered for a donated used car when she arrived at Off Lease Only on Wednesday.

What she didn’t know was that she was already the chosen recipient of the charity event.

Savanah Moorer, Heather Moorer and Donna Biase of Best Foot Forward embrace near the mini-van.

Savanah Moorer, Heather Moorer and Donna Biase of Best Foot Forward embrace near the donated mini-van.

The Wellington resident got the surprise of her life when someone handed her the keys to a white 2006 Chrysler Town & Country mini-van and told her it was hers. The mini-van was donated by Off Lease Only owners Mark and Eileen Fischer, who have presented cars to many deserving families over the years.

“This is life-changing,” the stunned mother said as she stood in shock in front of the gleaming white mini-van.orlando logo

Moorer was selected as the next Strive to Drive charity challenge recipient after her name was submitted by the non-profit agency Best Foot Forward (BFF) of Boca Raton.

“It makes my wife and I so proud to be able to give back to such a deserving family,” said Off Lease Only owner Mark Fischer. “Empowering a young mother who has struggled so much is so rewarding.”

It was a momentous event for Moorer, whose lack of wheels had prevented her from getting a good job, taking her 4-year-old son Thomas to the park, and going grocery shopping for more food than she could carry in her arms.

Heather Moorer with son Tommy closes her eyes in disbelief after learning she is the recipient of a Chrysler mini-van. Her half-sister Savanah looks on.

Heather Moorer with son Tommy closes her eyes in disbelief after learning she is the recipient of a Chrysler mini-van. Her half-sister Savanah looks on.

BFF logoThe vehicle couldn’t have come at a better time: The struggling young mother is also in the process of adopting her 16-year-old half-sister, who came to live with her 1 1/2 years ago when the teen’s birth mother was charged with domestic abuse.

Moorer, who experienced years of abuse herself as a child, never hesitated when a social worker called and asked if her half-sister Savanah could live with her. At the time, the two had never previously met.

“I actually didn’t find out I had a sister until a couple of years ago,” Moorer recalled.  “A social worker called and said my half-sister could either come live with me or go to a foster home. “

Moorer instantly took Savanah in. Savanah has lived with Moorer and her young son ever since.

“I wish someone had been there for me when I was that young,” Moorer added.

Heather Moorer sits in the drivers seat of her 2006 Chrysler mini-van, with son Tommy in the back.

Heather Moorer sits in the drivers seat of her 2006 Chrysler mini-van, with son Tommy in the back.

Moorer, who dreams of becoming a massage therapist, said the mini-van will make it possible to apply for jobs and eventually go back to school. Because Moorer has rheumatoid arthritis in her feet, getting around anywhere has been extremely difficult.

Debbie Ellman of Best Foot Forward submitted the Moorers as potential recipients because of their incredible determination and ability to overcome adversity. Ellman was thrilled the Moorers were chosen to receive the mini-van.

“Heather stepped up and took care of her sister at a terrible time in her life. Heather is learning to be a parent to a teenager and doing a phenominal job,” Ellman said admiringly.

Until recently, Moorer has relied on the goodwill of her roommate to get around. But since her roommate’s car was damaged in a car accident, even that option is no longer viable.

“Our house is all about a car,” Moorer confessed earlier in the day, before learning she was chosen to receive the mini-van. “It would literally change everything. It would give me the knowledge to know I could go out and get a job and work for myself. I want to be able to go to school and have a career – both of my kids would have a better quality of life if I had a car.

“It would change our lives. My sister wants to be active in things, she wants to be able to do things. I want to be able to put my son in baseball,” Moorer said. “It would just give us the chance we never had.”

Heather Moorer and her huge support team that made the mini-van giveaway happen!

Heather Moorer and her huge support team that made the mini-van giveaway happen!

About Best Foot Forward: Best Foot Forward is the only agency in Palm Beach County exclusively dedicated to the education of foster care youth. Founded in 2010, BFF currently has 61 students in 32 schools. Nationally, only 46 percent of youth in foster care graduate high school. BFF removes many barriers and offers guidance, planning and coaching needed for educational success. To date, BFF has a 100 percent high school graduation rate. BFF provides consistent program services to the student as long as their case remains open and they remain in Palm Beach County. For more information, visit BFF’s website at  http://www.bestfoot.org.

About Off Lease Only: Off Lease Only believes strongly in giving back to the community. Off Lease Only teamed up with Best Foot Forward in 2011 to start the Strive to Drive Challenge where one outstanding student gets rewarded with a pre-owned car. This partnership was created to encourage foster children to go above and beyond in their education. Off Lease Only has thousands of cars all priced thousands below retail. No dealer fees, no negotiating and no stress is what makes this car dealership unique. To learn more about Off Lease Only log onto http://www.offleaseonly.com.

Stop in to one of Off Lease Only four locations and drive home your next beautiful used car today!

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