Tony’s Story | A Legacy Gift for Big Brothers, Big Sisters

Maria. How this devoted mother’s sweetness of spirit reflects the legacy of her  son!

Maria came to Donate a Car Canada in the midst of processing profound  grief. She came in a time when sorting through a few personal belongings takes fierce courage and willful determination. 

Choosing just one charity to gift with the proceeds from Anthony’s ‘02 Toyota Corolla was no easy decision for Maria. Tony lived a generous life, giving of himself to children, to special needs folks, and to those that shared his personal struggle with addiction.

“This car belonged to my son who very sadly is no longer with us. Anthony was an extraordinary young man — always giving back and was even part of the Big Brother’s program, on both sides.”

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As a college student (he was near graduation), Tony was quick to give his time and heart to other vulnerable souls. Donating his car just felt right, “I know he would want to give everything he had…to help as many people as he could…” So, Maria donated that ‘02 Corolla to Big Brothers and Big Sisters Canada in Anthony’s name.

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 “I hope (this) will give you an idea of  the Angel that looks over us and somehow gives us courage and strength …(taken) just a couple of days before he left us…he would have turned 21 just 3 wks later…on Canada day.”

We give because we love. We may even choose a specific cause, a specific organization, because we want to honor the one that left us too soon. Donate a Car can take care of some really practical details for you in that honoring process, and we’ll also share in the burden of your sorrow — the relief in your celebration of life. We have wept for Tony many times. We have deep admiration and gratitude for his mum, Maria. And we draw courage and hope from this loving family.

Maria and her children carry their own brightness of heart on in the world as they honor Tony. And Tony’s gift to Big Brothers and Big Sisters Canada will carry on its generous ripple effects. Tony leaves us a legacy of sharing and giving.

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