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Portage couple giving away their car

PORTAGE, Mich. -- Sean and Autumn Hopwood know what it's like to go through hard times, and they want to make those hard times a little easier for someone by donating their 2003 Mazda Tribute.

The couple is getting ready to hike the entire Appalachian Trail this March, and say they can do without their only vehicle. It has 200,000 miles on it, but it still runs great.

The Hopwoods say it's never broken down on them, and they recently put new tires on it.

“We’ve been blessed with more and more. And we still don’t have a lot, but we know how hard it is to come from nothing," said Sean. "And so as we were preparing to hike the Appalachian Trail, we know that there’s a lot of people out in the community who don’t have what we do. So instead of us profiting more from it, we decided to bless somebody else with it.”

The car was partially given to the Hopwoods when they first moved to Portage and got married three years ago. They say that down-payment helped them get through some hard times.

“When Sean and I got engaged, we were living with his mom, we had no money, we just had moved here, and we had no car. So she was driving us everywhere," said Autumn.

Since the car has sentimental value, they want to make sure the car goes to someone who really needs it, and will use it.

“One thing too is we really want to meet them personally so we can really connect with them," said Sean. "One thing we’ve learned from going through hard times is we couldn’t do it without other people."

When the Hopwoods return from their hiking trip this fall, they plan on buying a new vehicle.

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    • Sandra Walburn

      I am a mother of 3 I am lossing my car right now or very son is going to michigan tech in the u.p my daughter is at western…I am 50 years old working a 11 dollar an hour job I would love to send my son with this car so I can see him more on holidays..I am trying to save my car I have and I will but I cait see and do stuff for my family cause I am not a good parent cause I cant give them what they need or have cause everything is going to bill you know adult things..just would like to see a smile on his and my face for once..thanks for the ear

  • Alicia m Martin

    My soon to be mother inlaw she’s in her late 50s early 60s walks to work at bravo restaurant from her apartment on Kilgore and westnedge area. She walks everywhere most days rain skeet or snow. We give her rides as much as possible between her not wanting to ask and our work schedules. She has been with out a vehicle for a good 3 years. Not only is it inconvenient for her to get to work or even visit her grand kids its dangerous on so many levels. She says the bus takes her longer then walking because shes has to wait switch buses ect. Love her but shes stubborn. I worry about her getting sick or hurt. Even kidnapped or mugged…there’s so many horrible people in the world.
    I just know it would be so beneficial to her . bless you guys for such a lovely act of kindness. I’m sure whoever you choose really needs it.

  • Katya Colman

    Hi I am a single mom, I live in Allendale and am struggling to find work due to not having a car. My daughter is 10 months old and it has been very hard to keep her in daycare and if I had a car, I would be able to take her to and from daycare, I would be to get a good job and go to my therapy appointments and take my girl to the doctor for her appts. I would really appreciate a car. Thanks for your time and concern. Katya 616-848-0041

  • Tonia Rose

    I have 3 amazing children that God has blessed me with. I have tried so hard to keep my kids and I financially ok but it seems like a domino effect, things just happened one by one that i tried to fix but didn’t always have the means to do so. I look at my children with such guilt ecause its my job to make sure they have what they need and of course some of their wants but have failed, i feel as a parent. We do not have a vehicle at this time so asking or rides to do the things i need to do like go to work is so inconvenient for everyone and that bothers me alot. My family could really use reliable transportation. It would be a BLESSING. I wish i was in a position to help others as well. Hopefully someday. God bless u and your family.

  • Russell colter

    Hey, my girlfriend has three children and her oldest daughter has a 6 month old, my girlfriend totalled her van,she was visiting someone at the hospital and on. The way home she had a seizure at the wheel and hit a no parking sign that went through the passenger side of the window that could have killed her if it was inches closer, anyway we have been struggling, me taking uber or lyft to work, it gets pretty costly all the uber and lyfts we got to take places. Or i usually walk or ride my bike to work acoss town, I think you guys are doing the right thing its hard out there .

  • Jackie

    Single mom of 3 . My kids father is skitzophrenia and in prison 10-15 yrs. My children and I live in a 3 bedroom apt with my 75 yr old mom who suffers from severe ocd. So it would be too good to be true to have our own transportation, I can’t imagine having a car of our own. First I’d make our new 2018 schedule starting w church on Sundays and i would sign my son up for any and all sports. My son sits on his Xbox 24/7 it avoids all and every conflict between my mom and my son, I know it’s unhealthy but it’s cold and we have nothing to do or no rides to do or go anywhere.

    • Dallas & Becky Underhile

      We are an older couple who some months ago lost our only vehicle to repairs we could not afford. We are former missionaries to the Philippines for 15 years. Can’t afford to replace our vehicle but need one.