Wheels of Hope awards Valley family a new car

A deserving family is now the proud owner of a free car and they received it Thursday at Buffalo Wild Wings in Fresno.
December 20, 2013 3:51:02 PM PST
A deserving family is now the proud owner of a free car and they received it Thursday at Buffalo Wild Wings in Fresno.

The Gutierrez family was surprised with a Saturn VUE Thursday.

This is the 5th year the Wheels of Hope program has donated a vehicle to a family in need.

Seven cars total have been given away. Local mechanics come together to fix up a car and then ask the community to nominate a deserving family.

"I'm shocked and I'm excited. And I'm ready to start driving," Wheels of Hope recipient Denise Gutierrez said.

The Wheels of Hope program gives two cars a year to a family in need one in summer and one in winter.

Organizers of the program say they don't think of it as a hand out - but a hand up - to help families get to where they need to go.