Iashiskala Sims thought he was one of the four finalists interviewed to receive a free car when he got off Uber at the Sweet Holy Spirit Church in Chicago, South Chicago, Sunday morning.
There were no other finalists.
The Sims, 40, drove away with his three children in a gray Saturn Ion, a gift from Chicago philanthropist and W & W Towing owner Early Walker. Walker surprised his four mothers by car outside the Southside Church on Sunday after touching the letter Sims wrote to him.
The car in front of The Sims was stolen from outside The Sims’ apartment a year ago, and the stress of not having a car contributed to the Sims miscarriage, she wrote in a letter.
“I lived from pay to pay and was lagging behind in lighting and gas,” Sims said on Sunday. “It’s really tight.”
She said the single mother Sims and her children relied on sharing with neighbors and friends and catching vehicles. She said the extra cost of not having a car put her family’s budget at risk and had to spend transportation instead of buying Christmas gifts for her children.
When she opened Saturn Aeon’s trunk on Sunday, she saw a individually wrapped gift for each of her children. Walker then gave her a new laptop for her daughter, Iaysiah Sims-Green, 17, who was a senior high school student accepted by Illinois State University. Walker and Vrdolyak Law Group have partnered to provide financial support for Sims-Green education.
Walker said he decided to give him a car as a gift after a recent carjack and car theft in Chicago. He said The Sims clearly stood out as an “ideal candidate.”
“She’s done it all, and she’s still awake every day,” Walker said. “She was still motivated. She is still a mom.”
The Sims said she had applied for Walker’s car present contest at the last minute, and thanked her for being included. She said having a car would change the way her family runs.
She used to hesitate to let others drive her children, but she said the new car would give them the freedom to go.
“They are happy,” Sims said, looking at her three children piled up in her new car. “I was happy.”
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