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Tough times led car lover to help others

Tough times led car lover to help others

Written By: Team CMC

Once he lived in his car. Now Dan Reeves refurbishes vehicles and donates them to people who need safe transportation.

For Dan Reeves, the hard times in his past fuel the generosity of his present.

"Broken people fix broken people," says Dan, who lives in Townsend, GA. "It only takes one crazy person to step out to help, and others will follow. It just takes a leader."  

Once he lived in his car. Now Dan refurbishes vehicles and donates them to people who need safe transportation. He has donated multiple vehicles and has other donated vehicles waiting to be refurbished for future giveaways. His two-year goal is to refurbish a home for a family in need for Christmas. 

In his 20s, Dan got a job in a metal fabrications shop and met his wife, two steps that helped him turn his life around. While working at the shop, Dan befriended a coworker. It was close to Christmas and Dan learned his new friend owned only the pillow and blanket in his apartment — nothing else. Working with the owners of the metal shop, Dan filled a 26-foot U-Haul truck with furniture for the living room, bedroom and kitchen, plus kitchen supplies. All were delivered on Christmas morning. This coworker, who still calls Dan every Christmas, now owns his own business and gives back to others.

Dan started purchasing cars to refurbish when he moved to Georgia in 2007. He's given away five cars, and in 2016, Dan involved members of the Jeep Club in a car giveaway. Members fixed up vehicles and asked people in the community to submit video entries explaining why they deserved the vehicle.

Currently he's working on refurbishing a 96 Silverado, stocking it with a toolbox, equipment, an enclosed trailer and either lawn or pressuring washing equipment to give away this year as part of a "Christmas in July" giveaway to someone who wants to build their own business. 

"We weren't looking for anything, we just wanted to help," says Dan. "We were just the spark that ignited people's desire to give back to the community. People just want to help."


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