VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WVEC) — The holidays got a little brighter for a Fort Eustis soldier and single father.
On Friday, SPC Derek Witcher was given the keys to a car donated from Caliber Collision in Virginia Beach and USAA.
Witcher joined the Army in 2015 and is currently stationed at Fort Eustis. He and his wife are separated and have shared custody of their 4-year-old son. It has been a struggle for Witcher to juggle his responsibilities without a reliable form of transportation.
The car was even stocked with some holiday gifts.
The soldier received a 2017 Nissan Rogue provided by USAA and restored by technicians at Caliber Collision-Virginia Beach who volunteered their time and talent as a community service.
The car donation is part of the National Auto Body Council’s Recycled Rides program in which collision industry businesses team up to repair and donate cars to individuals in need of reliable transportation. Witcher was nominated for the car donation by the Armed Services YMCA of Hampton Roads, a nonprofit dedicated to support and strengthen military families.
The car will give Witcher the independence and ability to care, provide for his son and enjoy fatherhood.
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