Morgan Carter was taking her lunch break in the parking lot of a Tennessee Chick-fil-A when her car suddenly went up in flames.
"I was panicking," Carter told WKRN. "I didn’t really know what was happening."
Todd Hunley, the owner of the Chik-fil-A, rushed out to help put the fire out, but he was unsuccessful.
With her car completely destroyed, Carter was left with no way to get home and no vehicle to drive her children in.
"It was the only car that we had to fit everybody in," the mother told WVTF.
Fortunately for Carter, Hunley wasn’t the only generous person at the restaurant that day. Pastor Kevin Cook was inside to witness the incident.
"I just asked [Carter], ‘Hey, what can I do to help?’” Cook told WKRN. "She was like, ‘I really just want you to pray that somehow we can get a car, because this is all we have.’ I knew in that moment that was what we were supposed to do."
Chik-fil-A and Crosspoint Community Church thus came together to help pay for a new car for Carter.
Cook and Hunley then surprised Carter with the car that same day.
“It was the best thing that could have happened that day for sure,” Carter told WTVF.
The generous pair managed to find a minivan for Carter after she told them she'd always wanted one for her family.
“I was hysterical,” Carter told WKRN. "I was crying and I was happy at the same time, but still in shock from just everything that was going, and for it to just end so wonderful is just amazing."
“I love it, my kids love it, I love it, it’s just awesome, it’s awesome,” the mother added.
Carter said she hopes her touching story will inspire others to do good deeds for strangers.
“There are good people out there, and I’m so blessed to be one of those people that was able to be helped and I hope one day to be able to do that for someone else,” she said.