Tornado victims get new van

May 6, 2011 10:14:01 AM PDT
A Raleigh family with 12 children is slowly getting back on its feet after April's devastating tornadoes.

The Sykes family lost their home and a vehicle to a twister.

They're in a new rental home, and now - thanks to the group Wheels for Hope - they have a new van.

"I feel very excited, very blessed. It's kinda hard to do what we need to do with one vehicle, so I'm very excited and blessed to get this vehicle today," said Deborah Sykes.

The Sykes's had a large passenger van, but with 12 kids to chauffer around, the need two.

"Because of the appointments we have to keep, with the children , making sure they have to get to school. So, for my wife, it's important to have that extra mobility," Joseph Sykes explained.

And that's exactly why Wheels of Hope said it wanted to step in and help. Basically, that's what the organization does. They try to serve people in need.

"We take donated vehicles from the public and repair them, largely repair them with volunteers and place them back into the community," explained John Bush with Wheels of Hope.

But to keep benefitting families like the Sykes, Wheels for Hope needs more help. Anyone who does can claim a substantial tax benefit.

"Because we recycle them back into the community, people can claim up to the full retail value of the car as a donation. So it's a tremendous help to them as a tax deduction and it's a huge help to us," said Bush.

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