I am grateful to live in the community of Brandon.
A couple of weeks ago, my wife, three kids and I loaded up our minivan and left on a road trip to celebrate Christmas in Edmonton with family. Less than five kilometres out of town, we hit a deer, which smashed up the front of our vehicle and broke a headlight. A blizzard was in the forecast, so we had to leave that day if we were going to make it for the holiday celebration.
We needed a miracle to get the van fixed in time to go on our holiday, and God blessed us with that miracle through the good people of Brandon.
First, I took the van to Murray Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram to assess the damage. They said they could fix it, but it was Saturday and their body shop was not open that day. Much to my surprise, the body shop manager was in at the moment and she took the time to check out every other body shop in town. She phoned many of her competitors trying to find me a place to take my vehicle so my family could go on our holiday. Despite our best efforts, we did not find a place that was open that day.
I was about to give up when my mother-in-law suggested that I phone a pastor from Calvary Temple Church. She had heard him speak about how he enjoys fixing cars and she thought he might know someone who could help us. The pastor, at home on his day off, was happy to help and suggested I try dropping by Assiniboine Collision and Glass.
Assiniboine Collision and Glass was closed, but the guys were in the shop and they said they would be happy to make the repair, but they didn't have the headlight in stock.
I went back to Murray Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram to see if they had the part in stock, but they didn't have it; however, they could see if Brandon Chrysler Dodge Jeep had one in stock.
At Brandon Chrysler Dodge Jeep on Victoria Avenue, I found that the parts department was closed on Saturday, but the sales staff were very helpful and they phoned all of the parts department employees to see if someone could come in on their day off to sell me the part. I am still amazed and very grateful that John from the parts department came to work just to sell me a new headlight.
The guys at Assiniboine Collision and Glass installed the light and my family was back on the road by 2:30 p.m. We beat the storm to Edmonton and enjoyed Christmas celebrations with our family.
I can not thank Murray Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, the pastor from Calvary Temple, Assiniboine Collision and Glass and Brandon Chrysler Dodge Jeep enough for all of their generosity in making our family's Christmas vacation possible. I am grateful to live in the community of Brandon.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition January 9, 2014