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Community buys family a van

Monday, December 6, 2004

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Denise Montgomery stands by her new 2003 Pontiac Montana van, purchased from Brazil Autoplex, at North Clay Middle School Wednesday morning. Denise and her daughters have M.D. and needed a handicap accessible van. Left: Brazil Autoplex mascot Tooky the bird, Alexis Montgomery, Denise Montgomery, Josey Montgomery and Autoplex General Sales Manager Curtis Gallagher.

The community has come together to help its own. Denise Montgomery and her daughters Alexis, a North Clay 6th grader, and Josey, an East Side 3rd grader, all have muscular dystrophy.

Josey is nearing the stage where she will need a motorized wheelchair to ambulate. Denise needed a handicap accessible van to be able to transport her daughter.

When local folks heard about the Montgomery's dilemma, it touched their hearts and they opened their pocket books. North Clay Middle School sponsored a carnival at the school Nov. 5, and raised $6,500.

The Carbon Baptist Church gave $3,500. Lots of caring people sent anonymous donations to the Montgomery Family trust fund at First National Bank & Trust. The final tally totaled $14,700.

Greg Linton, North Clay Middle School Principal shopped around for Denise. At Brazil Autoplex, owner Marty Jaffe had several 2003 Pontiac Montana vans on the lot priced at $21,995.

When he heard of Denise's plight and found out how much she had to spend, he told his son Curtis Gallagher to make her a deal she couldn't refuse. Autoplex sold Denise the van, with only 25,000 miles, for $13,700, leaving her enough for taxes, title and plates.

The Muscular Dystrophy Family Fund will pay to modify the van to make it handicap accessible. Josey has an appointment Jan. 8, to be fitted for her motorized wheelchair. East Side School gave Josey a non-motorized wheelchair to use at school and home until she gets her new chair.

"I'm truly grateful," Denise said. "I think it's wonderful that the community came together to do this. It's just amazing."

Denise Montgomery had a need and the people in Brazil and surrounding areas filled that need. In the process, they learned that giving from the heart is the greatest gift of all.



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