Army vet, single mom from Copiague receives free car

Posted: Updated:
PORT JEFFERSON STATION -

An Army veteran and single mother from Copiague was surprised with a free car Thursday thanks to the help of a charitable organization and State Farm Insurance. 

Nicole Malloy, mother of three and a brain tumor survivor, was left stranded weeks ago when her car broke down. Her case manager then called 911 Veterans, a nonprofit organization that specializes in helping Long Island veterans in need.

"We sent out the feelers, we reached out to everybody and they stepped up," says John Jex, of 911 Veterans. 

State Farm Insurance in Port Jefferson Station located a 2007 Toyota Camry, a retired corporate car in Virginia, and agreed to donate it.

"It's a small effort for our company to do, to pay back veterans for their service and the risk they took," says Steve Wisotsky, of State Farm Insurance. 

Wisotsky rallied local businesses and nonprofits to donate $1,000 to transport the car to Long Island.

When the car arrived in Port Jefferson Station, it had some scratches and needed servicing. Michael's Auto Collision offered to fix it up free of charge.

Mallory told News 12 Long Island that she is overwhelmed by the kindness of strangers.

"Everybody's so nice…You don't get this every day. So I'm like, wow!" she says.
 

  • SlideshowsSlideshowsMore>>

  • LI Summer Guide: Fire Island Pines Photos

    LI Summer Guide: Fire Island Pines Photos

    Monday, June 26 2017 9:46 AM EDT2017-06-26 13:46:26 GMT

    News 12 Long Island's Elisa DiStefano took a look at everything Fire Island Pines has to offer. Here are some of the places she visited.

    News 12 Long Island's Elisa DiStefano took a look at everything Fire Island Pines has to offer. Here are some of the places she visited.

  • Replicas of Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel Frescoes at Oculus

    Replicas of Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel Frescoes at Oculus

    Replicas of Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel Frescoes on display at Oculus.

    Replicas of Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel Frescoes on display at Oculus.

  • Morning Team Paddleboarding Photos

    Morning Team Paddleboarding Photos

    Wednesday, June 21 2017 10:16 AM EDT2017-06-21 14:16:12 GMT
    The morning team went paddle boarding with South Shore Paddle Boards.The morning team went paddle boarding with South Shore Paddle Boards.

    The News 12 Long Island morning team had some fun in the sun paddle boarding.

    The News 12 Long Island morning team had some fun in the sun paddle boarding.

sorry to interrupt
your first 5 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 5 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 5 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login, create an account or subscribe to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."