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Sesser group gives away car

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SESSER -- A Sesser woman gets a huge holiday gift as people across town chip in to give her something that will not only help her, but also her family.

She learned of her good fortune Wednesday, as community members traveled to her workplace to deliver the news and their gift.

You could feel the excitement as Sesser Auto Body's Tim Pierce turned over keys to a refurbished car to Deanna Tucker.

For the last year and a half, Tucker walked to work, couldn't leave town and couldn't visit her children's school without catching a ride with someone.

Now she'll ride in style, thanks to Sesser YAP.

"I'm speechless.  This is amazing, I'm blown away by the generosity of Sesser Auto Body... this whole town," explained Tucker.

Every year, the group that supports parks and the community partners with Sesser Auto Body, which donates a refurbished car to a deserving resident.

"She's a wonderful woman.  She works really hard.  Her boss was one of the people who nominated her, so I mean, that's... that's huge," explained Janette Dilliner of the YAP organization.

The group, along with the mayor and friends came to Deanna's workplace at the town's Subway restaurant to deliver the good news, along with her new ride.

The body shop restored and gave away this 2006 PT Cruiser, perfect for Deanna's family.

This year the group got nominations for about 25 people across town, which they narrowed down to five.

Each got judged anonymously.

"Actually, the winner, I think she had 12 to 15 nomination letters so she's got a pretty big crowd that really love her," explained Dilliner.

It showed, with the number of people who showed up to celebrate her good fortune and see her childrens' reaction to their new Christmas gift on wheels.

Deanna says now, she and her family can celebrate the holidays in style.

"What's the first thing I'll do once I get the kids and the car together? The first thing we'll do is go to Candy Cane Lane," she said.

Deanna's boss, Mike Sulser, even chipped in to pay for her first six months of car insurance, and local garage owner Keith Wilson offered a couple of free oil changes, or tire rotations.

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