This season of 60 Days of Giving was truly special. Last month we took part in Morrie’s Chippewa Valley Mazda first of two 60 Days of Giving surprises to veteran James Heber. In the spirit of giving, James was also gifted a new car by someone else so he wanted to pay it forward and have the car given to him by Morrie’s go to someone else who needed it. Which brings us to last Thursday, January 3, 2019, where we were humbled to take part in not one, but two 60 Days of Giving events in one day to Abby Schroeder and Sarah Sturtz. Each giveaway including a free car from Morrie’s CV Mazda, as well as a year’s worth of free gas from Mega! CO-OP and additional generous gifts from Metropolis Resort.
Abby Schroeder’s Story (as told by her Mother):
My daughter, Kirsten “Abby” Schroeder is (by a miracle) commuting to Center City, MN attending the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies! Her round trip is over 4 hours in a 2004 vehicle with over 150,000 and not safe anymore! Did I mention she has overcome drug & alcohol addiction herself 7 years ago, is a single mother of Nova Faye age 5 without any financial assistance, graduated from UWEC last spring 2018, teaching yoga, meditation, healing all over the Chippewa Valley, is very involved in AA/NA, as well specifically trying to help teens with AODA! Now she is commuting for the next 1 1/2 to Hazelden so she can get her Masters degree and become a certified counselor. Her car is literally on its last leg and Kirsten “Abby” is in college debt. This car that Morrie’s would provide, not only would benefit my hard working daughter and granddaughter, but truly will have an impact on our community. Her network is unreal and so many people in the Chippewa Valley will benefit if she can continue her graduate studies! And, all her students that depend on her for yoga, Koudolini, yin yoga, etc.
Sarah Sturtz’s Story (as told by her co-workers):
In the last 4 years, her oldest daughter has undergone major heart surgery and currently lives with an aneurysm that they monitor periodically in Rochester. Sarah’s other daughter who is 14 years old, was just diagnosed last week with a very rare bone cancer. They found that it has spread throughout her body and will be starting chemo today at Mayo in Rochester. She will be going through 14 weeks of treatment, 3 days at a time so they will be driving back and forth a lot. I know she could really use reliable transportation and help with gas money as it is unclear how much time she will need off of work. I can’t imagine how devastating it is to go through something like this and feel that she could really use any glimmer of hope in an otherwise bleak situation.