A South Carolina mechanic is being applauded for his incredibly selfless gifts this holiday season. Eliot Middleton is changing the lives of those within his community by fixing up cars and donating them, CBS News reports. He’s given out 60 vehicles so far to people living in rural communities in South Carolina without means of transportation.
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“They now know that there’s somebody in the community that was looking out for them and cared for them to be able to carry on,” Middleton told the outlet.
This isn’t the first time the selfless mechanic made the news for his gifts. Middleton, who also makes barbecue at his own restaurant, was featured in a story in June which prompted those who read the story to send in nearly 800 cars as donations. He also took in more than $100,000 in cash donations.
“My phone started exploding from all over the place,” Middleton said at the time. “Whatever glowing feeling is inside me, it just transferred from that TV screen and went inside them.”
Middleton’s front yard is home to hundreds of old vehicles that he fixes up to help those in need.
“There’s no public transportation,” Middleton previously told CBS News in June. “There’s no Ubers, there’s no taxis or nothing like that.”
For the holidays, Middleton gave away 12 cars to go along with the 12 days of Christmas. Some of the recipients are job seekers, single parents, and elderly people in need of transportation to get to doctor appointments. Aziare Green, a single mom living in the area, was one of Middleton’s gift recipients. The mechanic gifted Green with a 2006 Honda Civic, which completely changed her current situation.
“I am always having to wait and borrow people’s cars,” Green told CBS News.
But now, she can ride whenever and wherever she chooses.
“You have no idea how much this means to me,” she said.
“I’m so glad we were able to help,” Middleton said.
Middleton shares that he learned a big lesson in charity while putting together the massive effort: “With somebody pushing the iron, there’s going to be folks behind you pushing the iron too.”