MASON CITY | A North Iowa woman who has a long commute to her job received a free 1998 Ford Taurus Wednesday through the Wheels for Work program.
The United Way of North Central Iowa, the Mason City Motor Co. and North Iowa Community Action Organization teamed up this year to bring Wheels for Work to the area.
Mason City Motor Co. donated the car into the program to be given a safety inspection and repairs so it could be given to a family in need of a vehicle.
The recipient was Tomica Wright, who lives with her 11-year-old son and currently spends $10 a day to take public transit to her job 30 miles from her home.
She often would have to leave home an hour or two before her shift began to use public transit and wait for it again after work.
Wright said now that she has her car, she plans to take more shifts at work. She couldn't work on nights and weekends before because public transit isn't available then.
She also is looking forward to getting her son involved in more after-school activities now that she has the transportation to get him there.
"My son is so excited for me to pick him up from school today," Wright said in a press release from the United Way. "I woke up on cloud nine today!"
Brian Taylor, executive manager at Mason City Motor Co., told the Globe Gazette the United Way and Community Action chose the family who would receive the car.
As a new business in town, the company wanted to start a holiday promotion, according to Taylor.
"We are just very excited to be involved in the community here," he said.