An auto repair shop in Killeen is repairing a teacher's van free of charge as part of a Christmas giveaway.
Eurotech Car Care Center asked community members to nominate teachers for this award. The business chose Audie Murphy Middle School Teacher Karen Wall as the winner.
"We want to show the Central Texas area that we are a car repair shop that is not just here to take and profit from the community that would be back to the very people that patronize us," Eurotech Car Care Center Manager Kyle Nogle said.
Wall commutes five days a week from her home in Morgan's Point Resort to the Killeen ISD campus on Fort Hood. Her 2006 van in need of repairs has 290,000 miles on it.
"I've asked myself, 'Would I make it to work today? Am I going to make it home today?'" Wall said.
The sixth-grade history teacher admitted she wouldn't be able to afford replacing the car or paying for all the needed repairs.
Wall's coworker, Jeff Corrigan, nominated her for the teacher giveaway because in spite of her hard work, she was having a difficult time.
"She has had a tough time and I know at times she feels overwhelmed by the events that have occurred," Corrigan said.
Wall said her life was turned upside down when she lost her husband in 2015, which has made it challenging from an emotional and a financial standpoint.
"I've had such a hard... such a hard time. It's hard to believe something good can happen," Wall said.
The 43-year-old is now grateful for the help of Corrigan and Eurotech Car Care Center. The auto repair shop is doing $5,000 worth of repairs free of charge.
"(I feel) relief because I don't have to be worried to get stuck on the side of the road," Wall said. "I realized that even though I'm going through a hard time that God has put an angel at different parts, at different places of my life."
That piece of mind would also help her continue with her busy schedule, which involves teaching and spending time with her children with special needs.
"From the moment I'm up, from the moment I go to sleep, I'm cooking, I'm cleaning. I'm with them helping them to do whatever it needs to be done," Wall said.
The repairs are expected to keep the car running for three to four years. During that time, Wall said she would save money to purchase a new vehicle.
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