Harvey victim receives car as part of award program

CHANNELVIEW, Texas – A local community didn't let a Christmas Grinch foil their plans to help a hard-working Harvey survivor and her son get what she earned.

The Bates Collision Centers held their annual Christmas event -- giving away a rehabbed car to a hard-working family.

Thursday morning, they were supposed to present that car but found it had been broken into. All the gifts were gone.

Still, they were determined to make it happen.

Hands worked to bring this all together for a mother, a Harvey survivor that Bates Collision Centers wanted to help. 

"This mom is a hard-working mom. She has a job, she's working full-time. She's making good decisions. She is a model parent who is doing what she needs to do for her children," said Leila Bates, Co-Owner of Bates Collision Center.

It's all part of their Responsible Parenting Award program, a collaboration with the Harris County Department of Education Head Start, to give away a rehabbed car, but the day of its presentation, that rehabbed car was broken into.

Friends and staff re-bought the list of needs. The keys to the car that are lost -- were remade. And this precious moment was made possible.

Vanessa Zuniga lost her car during Harvey.

"I'm so excited. I feel like it's changing everything for me," Zuniga said.

Her 4-year-old son Nathan, got something too.

"It just makes me so happy for my son and for myself that people  are nice enough to do this and one day I want to be in a position where I can do this, too," Zuniga said.