SAN MARCOS (CNS) - A San Diego family of five, living at St. Vincent de Paul Village since a series of financial and medical setbacks, will be given a refurbished minivan Saturday.
The Nelson family will get a 2001 Dodge Caravan that was refurbished at Caliber Collision San Marcos as part of the nationwide Recycled Rides program, charity spokeswoman Kim Kimbriel said.
"Our hope is that this Recycled Rides gift will help the family get back on the road to a normal life, with reliable transportation to get their three children to school and mom and dad back to work," said David Goldstein, a Caliber vice president.
Tim Nelson, a former Marine and prison guard, started to have migraine headaches and was diagnosed with high blood pressure. Eventually, he was told he had kidney cancer, Kimbriel said.
The family's savings ran out when he was unable to work. They stayed with friends and in motels -- later a car -- before moving to St. Vincent de Paul, Kimbriel said.
Nellie Nelson has kept her three children in school, getting up at 4:30 a.m. to catch buses, Kimbriel said. Those time-consuming commutes should shorten up after Saturday. The family is set to get the minivan keys to the van at 1 p.m.
The Caravan is one of the many Recycled Rides the charity -- a project of the National Auto Body Council -- expects to donate this year.
"Our goal with the Recycled Rides program is to give back to the communities we serve as we restore our customers to the rhythm of their lives," said Recycled Rides vice president Michael Quinn.
Caliber has body shops in California, Arizona, Nevada and Texas.
Last month, Caliber opened a Riverside shop and donated a Honda CRV to a single mother with four sons, the youngest of whom is being treated for leukemia, Quinn said.
San Diegans now have to dial 10 digits for all calls - even local calls. As of Saturday, May 19, callers with area codes 619 and 858 have to enter the area code for all calls. Landline callers will have to dial one first, then the area code and phone number.
Several fires that ignited across San Diego County last week are under investigation. One cause being considered is the possibility that the fires were started by homeless people.
Dozens demonstrated on the Del Mar corner of Jimmy Durante Blvd. and Via de la Valle saying gun shows should not be held at the the Del Mar Fairgrounds.
A fire at an apartment in downtown Chula Vista sent two children to a hospital early Saturday morning.
Mesa College will award the first bachelor's degrees in its history during a commencement ceremony today, the college announced.
Sharp Hospital on Friday recognized those who have overcome major medical setbacks to become leaders in the community during the 28th Annual Victories of Spirit celebration.
The goal of the Buy Nothing Project is that nothing goes to waste. From leftover food to cleaning out your closet, someone's trash can become someone else's treasure using a Facebook page.
A San Diego County sheriff's deputy was arrested Friday on suspicion of groping a teenage girl at a Vista fast-food restaurant.