Impact isn’t about just reporting on problems. We wanted to see what could happen if we teamed up with the community to get Stafford Junction a new van. And what happened next, surprised us all.
Five months after we embarked on a journey to help Stafford Junction get back on the road, we were ready to surprise them in a major way.
Sheehy Toyota of Fredericksburg heard about their important work in the community and jumped at the chance to support their higher purpose.
We got the team together at Sheehy Toyota and talked through the big reveal for Stafford Junction. It was a huge logistical feat. More than a dozen people had to be in the right place to pull it off.
Could we do it? Well, YES!
We arrived at Stafford Junction to let them know we wanted to come back to visit and give them an update about their wish list.
Armed with a walkie-talkie, WUSA9's Lesli Foster invited the Stafford Junction staff, volunteers and children to follow her outside.
“So if I could direct your attention, that way, that white van right there, is coming here…”Lesli said.
A white van with the Stafford Junction logo was on its way into the driveway that greets everyone who walks into the organization. It was met with a bevy of cheers, clapping and lots of cameras snapping this moment of joy.
Carrie Evans walked over to meet Paul Sheehy of the Sheehy Automotive Group and they embraced.
“Thank you so much, this is such a blessing, you just can’t even imagine,” Evans said. “These kids are everything to us.”
“We’re just happy to be a part of this and enjoy the vehicle,” Sheehy said. “You do a tremendous work for the community and we’re just happy to help in any way that we can.”
That was just one surprise. Paul and his team also bought a van full of school supplies for the children and families at Stafford Junction.
“Wow! School supplies, yes. Awesome. That is amazing!” Evans exclaimed.
We knew that van and those school supplies would go a long way toward helping the 200 families that Stafford Junction serves. What we didn't expect was the reaction to a bag of calculators.
Lynn Hamilton is the Community Development Director for Stafford Junction. She started opening bags and found one filled with calculators.
“Oh my gosh, our high school kids are the ones who need these. And are failing classes because they don’t have a calculator. So now, we can give one to everyone,” Hamilton said, through tears. “You have no idea. Thank you.”
We knew one surprise would be overwhelming. But we couldn't stop there!
“What if I told you there’s another surprise?” we asked.
And into her walk-in talkie, Lesli called the Impact team once more, “you guys ready to bring it in?”
By this time, Evans was completely perplexed. The staff and students at Stafford Junction were also just as confused.
As they are looking down the road they see another van coming their way with a red bow on it.
It finally hits Carrie. This van is for Stafford Junction, too.
Tears. So many tears and hugs!
“Oh my God,” Carrie said. “That is so amazing, two vans!”
The second van was donated by the Invisible Hand Foundation. It’s a network of donors who give anonymously to support young people in DC, Maryland and Virginia to overcome obstacles and reach their full potential. They heard about Stafford Junction and wanted to amplify their impact.
Sheehy Toyota of Fredericksburg and the Invisible Hand Foundation stepped up to truly make an impact.
When we saw the two vans drive off, our Impact team kept thinking about how every mile matters.
We are excited to see how many more lives are touched by their generosity.
If you want to hep Stafford Junction, you can make a purchase off their Amazon Wish List.
And if you have a story that our Impact team should know about, reach out to us. Here’s how: Impact@wusa9.com.
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