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She was running before, and now she’s got wheels

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012 | Posted by | 3 responses

BY CHRIS SMITH/The Press Democrat

Never before has a 17-year-old Honda stirred such anticipation.

Auto shop owner Kate Jonasse, right, poses with Dani Burlison and her daughters, and the Honda

Auto shop owner Kate Jonasse, right, poses with Dani Burlison and her daughters, and the Honda.

Folks throughout the west county waited with fingers crossed after the owner of a Sebastopol auto shop announced she’d give a spruced-up Civic sedan to someone who serves others and with a reliable set of  wheels could shift life into a higher gear.

Kate Jonasse of K-Tech Automotive received more than 100 nominations of people deemed as good candidates to receive the car.

Jonasse had fixed up the Civic, and when people at several other car-related local businesses heard about her giveaway they offered to make additional upgrades. Eco Automotive donated a new fender, Reliable Glass installed a new windshield from Reliable Auto Glass, Smother’s Auo Parts pitched in with a variety of replacement parts and Manly Honda contributed exterior trim and seat belts.

Jonasse and her staff did the difficult work of reading the nominations and selecting the one to receive the Honda. On Sunday, Jonasse presented the keys to Dani Burlison, a single mother of two who writes and puts on creative writing workshops for at-risk kids and others with colleague Leilani Clark.

 Jonasse, who’ll maintain the Civic for a year, said Burlison has done much with little and surely will do more now that she has a trusty car.

3 Comments for “She was running before, and now she’s got wheels”

  1. What a great story, and idea.

  2. Wow! I always knew K-Tech did great auto repair, but did not know they were doing such great community work. They will definitely be getting my car next! And thanks to Reliable Auto Glass, Eco Automotive, Smother’s Auto Parts and Manly Honda, too! But ultra praise for K-Tech for doing all the work and organizing.

  3. Great story. It’s wonderful to hear about something good happening to a person who deserves it.

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