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Billings Career Center students donate car to woman in need

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The Thanksgiving spirit started a little early on Monday as students at the Billings Career Center paired with the Montana Rescue Mission Women and Children's Shelter.

A 1997 Mercury Sable was donated to the Career Center a few weeks ago. 

Students with the "SkillsUSA Wheels of Relief program" came together and made the necessary repairs. 

They changed the oil and filters, flushed the radiator, installed a new battery and changed the oil pan gasket. On Monday, with the car in working order, they presented the keys to Angela Stewart. 

Stewart just completed the program at the Women's Shelter, secured a full time job, and now for the first time in 6 years, she has her own vehicle.

For the students, the class has become much more than just a grade.

"I didn't expect I'd be giving this much to charity when I joined SkillsUSA," said Austin Hirsch. "However I love that I can both do charity and what I love at the same time.

Student Craig Iverson echoed Hirsch's thoughts.

"It means a lot to me personally because I've known people that have been in that situation themselves where it can mean everything to have something like this done for them and it's just a really good thing," Iverson said. 

Angela Stewart said she was blessed to be the recipient of the gift and the teen's hard work.

"They're wonderful kids and they've got some skills you know that they can carry out through their life as well," Stewart said.

Members of SkillsUSA have been doing one of these projects a year and if possible would like to do it twice next year.

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