It wasn’t just a gift. For Andrew Freedman, it was a lifeline.
He had his Honda Accord stolen on Monday. The car, not worth much, was especially important to Freedman because he relied on it to drive himself to the hospital three times a week for dialysis treatments.
With it gone, Freedman didn’t know what to do.
Then, Lisa Ridgway and her family stepped up.
After seeing the story on KATU News on Tuesday, Ridgway decided to donate her car to Freedman.
“I saw the news and … Mr. Freedman just struck a chord. He looked like he could really use some help,” she said.
Ridgway felt like giving away the car was meant to be. You see, Ridgway and her husband just bought a new car and were trying to figure out what to do with their old one.
There was added significance for Ridgway to give the car to someone else.
“The car actually belonged to my mom and she passed away,” she said. Donating the car to Freedman “could be a little bit like my mom – that I could lead by her example or follow her example.”
We at KATU were there when Ridgway and her family handed over the keys of the 2002 Toyota Camry. As you would expect, Freedman was blown away by her generosity.
“I can’t thank you enough. I need to give you another hug,” he told the family.
“I’m pretty sure this is the nicest car I’ve ever owned,” Freedman said.
Now Freedman said he feels like he has his independence back.
“I feel such a weight lifted off of me to know that … I’m going to be able to do what I need to do,” Freedman said, choking up.