HANCOCK — Sometimes we could all use a helping hand.
Melissa Boyd has struggled with autism and Tourette’s her whole life.
About two years ago, she began working with Maine Families of Washington County.
“We help families finding an apartment, or making sure they have health insurance and those types of those things,” said Ellen Farnsworth of Maine Families of Washington County.
Boyd’s daughter was born with cystic fibrosis, a rare disease that can cause lung infections.
She has not had a car in over six years. And now she needs one more than ever.
“I don’t want to be relying on people or other types of transportation that could expose her to other things,” said Boyd. “I want her in my car not around other people all the time.”
Boyd said not having a vehicle has made it difficult to get her daughter to appointments.
She was motivated to save up enough money to buy a car.
“I saved little by little,” Boyd said. “I created a GoFundMe, which some people contributed to.”
On Thursday, she came to Tony Murray’s Fairway Auto Sales in Hancock prepared to purchase her car.
However, the owners had others plans.
“She was going to have to wait until next month until she was going to be able to complete the payment on the vehicle,” said owner Tony Murray. “I think that’s when we finally said to each other, ‘Ya know, the right thing to do is give this car to the young girl and help her and her family.'”
“On behalf of Fairway Auto, your balance has been paid in full,” Murray said. “You don’t have to give us anything today.”
“I am so grateful for everyone in my life. I don’t get many things in my life. I have to work really hard for things,” said Boyd.
“It’s worth it, ya know? It has a good payout for my family and my daughter. And I am just extremely happy,” she said.
Murray lost his mother to brain cancer a few years ago.
He said it’s the values she instilled in him that prompt him, and his wife Nicole, to give back.