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Down-on-their-luck family receives restored car

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GILBERT, Ariz. -

Talk about a great early Christmas present. A valley family gets a car -- and it couldn't have come at a better time.

10-year-old David, 12-year-old Daniel, mom Beth and her husband Phil have been through trying times.

"Even working as a nurse, when I lost my job, we didn't have enough money to sustain ourselves very long," says Beth Grieves.

The Missouri family left everything they owned behind in their home state and came out to Arizona for a fresh start.

But when they got here, the shelters were full.

"I was devastated. I started crying all the way through the soup kitchen line."

The family was down on their luck, but eventually linked up with Family Promise, a valley family homeless organization.

Now, they have a home of their own.

Beth is a nurse and her husband is a high school math teacher. Still, the family still struggles to make ends meet.

Phil drives an hour to get to work. The boys ride the bus to school, mom takes the bus to work.

Wednesday, at Caliber Collision in Gilbert, the family received a big gift and a huge relief.

"When you go to sleep, it makes you feel different about the world. Feels good for my sons and my wife and they will have something nice. This is the nicest thing I've ever owned," says Phil Grieves.

Caliber Collision works with Family Practice. Employees spent nearly 200 hours restoring a 2009 Toyota Matrix for the Grieves family.

"Americans still care enough about each other to do this for total strangers. Tells me that even though our country has been battered, our country still has wonderful people that care about each other. We can all pull through this recession," says Beth.

The company has already restored and donated 12 cars this year.

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