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Christmas Car Giveaway makes life easier for young woman raising a daughter . . . and her three siblings

Sponsors of the 13th Annual Christmas Car Giveaway gather ’round the 2006 Toyota  Corolla given to Megan Voth (centre) pictured with her three-year-old daughter Zooey. - Paul J. Henderson/TIMES
Sponsors of the 13th Annual Christmas Car Giveaway gather ’round the 2006 Toyota Corolla given to Megan Voth (centre) pictured with her three-year-old daughter Zooey.
— image credit: Paul J. Henderson/TIMES

Megan Voth may have missed out on a free lunch, but winning a free car in the 13th Annual Christmas Car Giveaway isn’t a bad consolation prize.

Voth, 22, was taken by surprise as she walked through the doors of Fix Auto Chilliwack and was handed the keys to a totally refurbished 2006 Toyota Corolla by Valley Toyota Sales Manager Niels Larsen on Monday morning.

“I thought I was being taken out to lunch,” Voth said of the crafty ruse concocted by her car giveway nominator Jennifer Mussell. “This is so much better than lunch.”

Each year, Fix Auto, Valley Toyota, the Chilliwack Times, Simpson Auto, HUB Insurance, Big O Tires and NAPA Auto Parts get together to give away a refurbished car to a worthy person or family. Voth was a unanimous pick thanks to a well-written nomination letter from Mussell.

The just 22-year-old Voth has been taking care of her three younger siblings all on her own. And, Voth has a three-year old daughter, Zooey, that she also cares for alone.

“She is just such a lovely young woman,” said Mussell, a social worker who has been working with the family.  “She struck a chord with me.

I don’t know how she is doing it.”

All five Voths live in a basement suite and things most people take for granted, like shopping, are monumental tasks.

“I have to go on a bus to get groceries,” she said. “It’s a giant pain. The groceries are heavy and I have to make sure she (Zooey) is not running into traffic.”

And even a simple thing like going to work (Voth works at the local Canadian Tire Store) sometimes requires an hour’s walk because her shift starts before local transit is running.

That it’s not a normal situation for such a young woman to be taking care of her own child and her three siblings on her own isn’t lost on Voth.

“I had to support them,” she said. “There was no other way to do it. I had to do it and I do it willingly.”

Part of Monday’s ruse also involved taking a trip to pick up a donation from the Mt. Cheam Rotary Children’s Foundation who gave Voth warm winter clothes, beds and a vacuum.

“Everywhere I reached out for support for this family they have supported them,” Mussell said. “This is such a huge thing for her to be taking on . . . family taking care of family.”

Voth has never owned a vehicle before and says this gift will certainly change her life.

“I am so thankful for everyone involved from the smallest to the biggest,” she said. “I’m just so very thankful.”

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