GOBSMACKED: Wendy O’Donnell of Lismore at Quayside Used Car City, is overwhelmed with the car anonymously bought for her.
GOBSMACKED: Wendy O’Donnell of Lismore at Quayside Used Car City, is overwhelmed with the car anonymously bought for her. Jacklyn Wagner

Anonymous gift a u-turn in Wendy’s life

THANKS to one kind-hearted person there has been an extraordinarily happy ending to a horrible tale this week.

Yesterday The Northern Star reported how Lismore woman Wendy O'Donnell and her family were left devastated after their car was stolen and torched, leaving the single mother of four teenage girls in a tricky situation.

After reading Ms O'Donnell's story in the paper, a local woman, who wanted to remain anonymous, contacted The Northern Star and said that she would donate a car to Ms O'Donnell.

This extraordinary act of kindness has bowled over Ms O'Donnell, who said she was overwhelmed by it all.

"I'm absolutely gob-smacked, just speechless," Ms O'Donnell said.

"I didn't expect that at all."

The unnamed woman had spotted a 2000-model Toyota Avalon VXI from Quayside Used Car City, Lismore, and said she thought it might be put to good use by this family in need.

Asked why she would do this good deed for someone, the woman replied, "I'd feel wrong if I didn't. It's just shocking what's happened to her."

When getting the keys and sitting in the new addition to the family yesterday, Ms O'Donnell explained that all she had wanted was for "the people who stole my car to realise the consequences of their actions".

"I didn't expect this.

"I'm just not used to anything like this. Things like this just don't happen to people like me. I'm waiting for someone to slap me."



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