Stranger gifts car to local man for 76th birthday

A Fremont County good Samaritan gave an Ashton resident a newer car after noticing that the man’s car had seen better days.

The good Samaritan, who also lives in Fremont county, saw Mike White, 78, drive a 1998 Subaru sedan up to Ashton’s Frostop where they were both eating earlier this month.

The good Samaritan contacted Hannah McCausey, who owns Frostop, about White and later did all the registration, title and tax work associated with the 2003 Ford Expedition he wanted to give White.

The Ford comes as both a birthday and Christmas present for White. He turned 76 on Nov. 3.

“You should have seen his face,” said McCausey who served as intermediary between the two men and presented the Ford to White on Wednesday.

The generosity of the good Samaritan stunned White.

“It was quite a surprise this morning,” he said. “I didn’t know what to think. It’s hard to believe somebody would do that.”

After the good Samaritan noticed White, he asked a waitress at Frostop to give White $100. He later asked her about White. She didn’t know his story and instead gave the good Samaritan McCausey’s phone number.

“I told him Mike’s story because Mike’s been a customer for years at Frostop,” McCausey said. He’s been going through some medical issues. (The good Samaritan) said ‘I want to donate him a car.’”

A stunned McCausey asked the good Samaritan if he was serious, and the man insisted that he wanted to help White. This all happened on White’s birthday.

On Wednesday, McCausey called White and told him she had his birthday present, asked him to dress warmly and to meet her at his front door.

“You should have seen his face,” she said. “It’s just so amazing. It gives me goosebumps.”

McCausey and White’s sister, Becky Fender, then brought the car to White’s house.

“I still can’t believe somebody would do something like that,” he said.

Fender said their family was blown away by the good Samaritan’s kindness.

“It’s just remarkable generosity,” she said.

White said he had only met the good Samaritan the one time at Frostop when he gave him the $100.

“I don’t know him,” he said. “I’ve never seen him before.

McCausey declined to give the good Samaritan’s name, as he wants to remain anonymous.

“He’s had health issues himself. For him to give that, it was freaking awesome,” she said.

The good Samaritan told McCausey he gave White the car because he wanted to share his faith with someone else.

“The only thing he wants out of this is for God’s love (to be) seen,” she said.

A retired photographer, White is disabled and suffers from back pain. While he can’t work anymore, he can still drive. He’s always been thankful to have his Subaru, and says that it gets him around.

“My Subaru is a real good little car. I get along just fine with it,” White insisted.

Yet, the Subaru has some dents here and there, Fender said.

“He’s had a few mishaps,” she said. “He got ran off the road a few years ago, and had to replace a door. It’s not the same color as his car. He’s got some duct tape on it. It’s an old car, but it keeps on ticking like the Energizer Bunny.”

Fender said that White’s mechanic worked with him and told him what needed to be replaced, but repairs were costly.

“He put a temporary fix on several things,” she said. “As long as it gets him where he needs to go, he thinks it fine. He’s not into things needing to be pretty or the same color. None of that matters to him much.”

Yet, it apparently mattered to the good Samaritan, Fender said.

“This was a God-send,” she said.

“It’s such a surprise. It’s exciting. I can’t express how much I appreciate it,” White said.

The Ford comes with automatic transmission meaning White won’t have to use a clutch anymore. He’s had to practice driving to get used to the Ford and keeps looking for the clutch.

“It takes a little bit getting used to,” he said.

McCausey said she was thrilled to witness such generosity from one of her long-time customers to another.

“I’ve seen miracles happen all the time,” she said. “It’s just amazing to be a part of them. I’m feeling the Christmas spirit.”

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A Fremont County good Samaritan gave an Ashton resident a newer car after noticing that the man’s car had seen better days. The good Samaritan, who also lives in Fremont county, saw Mike White, 78, drive a 1998 Subaru sedan up to Ashton’s Frostop where they were both eating earlier this month. The good Samaritan…

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