A single mother from Utica, Michigan, may be getting what she deserves following a recent update regarding her car that was stolen last week during a family day trip to Detroit. After writing an open letter addressing the thieves, the mother of two has since received offers from several people looking to help her get a new car.
Stephanie Irvine took a visit to midtown Detroit last Tuesday with her two daughters. In her 1998 Dodge Neon, worth a little more than $1,000, the three made the trip from Utica to the Motor City. They spent the day exploring, hitting the Detroit Historical Museum, Detroit Institute of Fine Arts, the Detroit Public Library, etc.
"When we were walking around I just thought the city is so pretty and there are so many things you can do here," Irvine recalled.
The family parked their car on Cass, according to FOX 2, just north of Alexandrine.
"I went past the car walked past the car about 10, 15, 20 times," the mother told FOX 2.
It had reportedly taken Irvine over a year to save up to buy her car and a necessity for the single mother raising two children. By the end of the day, however, the car was gone.
"At first I thought you have to be kidding me," she said. "I know what's it like to not have things to want things. Like we go without things all the time but it doesn't make it okay to take things."
In hopes that whoever had stolen her car in broad daylight would have "a change of heart," Irvine contacted FOX 2 Monday, providing an open letter to the thief.
"Dear Person(s) who stole my car,
I'm not sure what your situation is but let me share a little about mine. I am a single mother of two children. It took me over a year to pay $1,200 for that ugly, old, beat up Neon you took from me. I moved my children and myself back into my mother's house not too long ago because I couldn't afford living on my own.
We all have to share one room. I finally got a halfway decent paying job and was going to start school in the fall. I needed that car more than anything. I, myself, have $30 to my name. Replacing that car will cost me dearly. It will deprive my children of simple basic wants and needs.
I hope that your situation was far worse than mine. I'd like to think you took my car because you needed money to feed your family. I'd like to think that you were so desperate and had no one to turn to. But, in my heart, I know it was a selfish act. You took it simply because you wanted to and you feel you have the right to take what you want.
The next time you are looking around your once beautiful, thriving city and wonder where it all went wrong take a look in the mirror.....it is YOU that keeps it from being great."
It is unknown if her letter ever reached the thief responsible, and police have yet to track down the vehicle. However, thanks to the touching letter, people have since stepped up to donate a new ride.
Recently, Irvine received a phone call: "Hi Stephanie, how are you? This is Mike from Ford Road Motor Sales," the caller reportedly said. "I was reading your story online yesterday and I think we can help you out."
When asked by FOX 2 what it was like to hear the good news, Irvine responded: "It's awesome, I don't know what to say like thank you, isn't even enough ... that people are willing to help."
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