I’m Jane’s Son, Jeremy. Once my Mom’s letter was published in The Eugene Weekly, it found its way to the internet. Some wonderful folks on Reddit found it and suggested we start a GoFund Me Page, to raise funds to replace her stolen car. My Mom’s letter was:
Steal My Car, Steal My Heart
To the thieves who stole my car: I doubt that you read a community newspaper, but I wanted you to know the effect of your criminal, self-centered act of stealing. Three weeks ago, during the evening hours, you came into the parking lot of the HUD apartments where I live and stole my dear 1998 Honda Civic.
I was the original owner of that 24 year old car, the only car I purchased on my own, and she and I traveled over 126,000 miles together. She took me to work, allowed me to visit my grown children on the other side of the Cascades, to visit good friends up and down Oregon, to take my grandchildren to school, play dates and sports activities and to drive on adventures in eastern Oregon, that I love.
I am a 77 year old lady who lives on Social Security only, and my car was my only financial asset. In the future I hoped to be able to sell her and have a little money to set aside.
More importantly, you have taken my independence – and I'm certainly not ready for that. I still take classes, drive my friends to their appointments, take care of myself and my needs and want to take spontaneous, adventurous day trips.
I am still a good licensed driver and I will miss my independence dearly. That is really what you stole from me. I just wanted you to know.
Jane Smith, Eugene Oregon
We're trying to raise $8,000 to help replace her car with a reliable vehicle that will allow my Mom all the independence that she was enjoying before her Honda was stolen. She has already checked with her HUD housing managers and they have assured her that she can receive a single gift amount for this purpose without effecting her housing status.
Thanks in advance for those who started us on this path, as well as any generous donors.
Jeremy & Jane Smith