Wheels of Hope awards Valley family a new car

FRESNO, Calif.

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.

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