Grand Junction woman wins $1 car |

Grand Junction woman wins $1 car

GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado ” A 56-year-old great-grandmother who works two jobs to support her family was picked as the buyer of a $1 car refurbished by Grand Junction businessmen.

Cruz Herrera’s co-workers said she deserves the car because she never complains about her many responsibilities and has let homeless people sleep in her home when it’s cold outside.

“She works harder and longer than a great-grandmother should have to,” read the letter from Herrera’s co-workers at a Grand Junction mortgage company where she is an administrative assistant. Herrera also delivers pizzas in the evening.

“I feel like I’m being taken care of now,” she said.

Integrity Auto Repair owner Blake Brueggeman last month asked people to send letters recommending who deserved the 1992 Ford Crown Victoria that he and other businessmen spruced up. Brueggeman had said the ideal candidate would be someone who worked hard and “just needs a little break to come their way.” Brueggeman said he thought of the deal as “a hand up,” not a handout.

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Brueggeman told the Grand Junction Free Press he picked Herrera out of the 135 recommendations from across the state. He said he narrowed his choices down to three and agonized over who to pick.

“If I would have had three cars, all three of them would have gotten one,” said Brueggeman, who added that fixing and selling the car was “one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done.”

Brueggeman previously said he wanted to help someone during the bad economy so he bought the used car and asked other business to help. Some gave auto parts, others six months of insurance, and a body shop also donated their services.

“It’s probably one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done,” Brueggeman told the newspaper.

Herrera said she needed a new car but couldn’t afford one. She said her current car, a 2000 Chevy Tracker, was nicknamed “Scarface” because it needs body work, tires, and a driver’s side mirror.

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