Cars for Heroes Surprises Single Mother of Three

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LENEXA, Kan. - Christina Keener and her three girls don't really know why they're here.

"I didn't expect anything other than an interview," Keener said.

They think they're being interviewed by the Cars for Heroes committee, so when Christina is asked to tell people why she needs a car, she breaks down.  Her tears turn to happy ones when she realizes the minivan that just rolled in is actually hers.

Christina spent 15 years as a combat medic in the Kansas Army National Guard. Now she's working toward her bachelor's in nursing, and a couple months ago when her other car broke down, the whole family was affected.

"It's really hard on everybody," explained her daughter, KaeLynn.

"She's always relying on someone else to get me there," daughter, Holly, said.

Thanks to Cars for Heroes, those worries are gone.

"You see the struggle in this young family, and we just fixed that problem for them," the Car Santa said.

"I feel like a great weight has been lifted off my shoulders," Christina said tearfully.

Now Christina's family looks forward to driving to school and cheerleading practice, but most of all, to not relying on others to get around.

Crystal CARSTAR is donating $200 to Christina's family for her car insurance.  Cars for Heroes has 15,000 requests every year for cars.  They are currently giving away more than 300 cars a year.

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