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Dad Finds Note Left in Family’s Used Car After Family Tragedy

When we grow up and have kids, we’re overwhelmed with the early years of raising babies and toddlers. However, for most families, there’s going to come a day when your adorable toddler becomes a moody and demanding teenager who wants to do something terrifying: get behind the wheel of a moving vehicle and drive it 60 miles per hour down a highway. It’s a terrifying proposition for a parent and I can tell you that I put it off for as long as I could with both of my kids. I knew they would start driving soon enough and I didn’t rush out to buy either of them a car.

When that time comes, all we can do is hope that we’ve taught them well and that they’ll be responsible young adults. That was Kevin Duke’s dearest hope when he bought a used car for his teenage daughter. Kevin’s daughter wasn’t yet 16, so he had a few weeks to fully inspect the car and make sure that it was a safe vehicle for his little girl to drive. Before he turned it over to her, he wanted to test it out first. While he was test-driving it, he did what most new car owners do, which is look around in all of the pockets and the glovebox. What surprised him more than anything is what he found in the vehicle’s glove compartment.

When he pulled a small rubber mat out of the glovebox, he was surprised to find a letter hidden there. The envelope had an interesting inscription. It was addressed to “New Car Owner” and said “Important Info Inside.” Kevin posted to Facebook: “Well, yesterday I’m in it tinkering around and I open this storage compartment on top of the dash (which I’ve opened a half dozen times already). This time I notice a rubber mat in the bottom of it and for whatever reason, I pull it out. To my surprise, I find this envelope with this letter inside. I won’t lie, I shed a few tears.”

Kevin shared photos of the letter on social media and they quickly went viral. The photos and the letter shed some light into the history of the car’s previous owner, later discovered to be a woman named Sabrina Archey. In the letter, the previous owner said that the car was a very special vehicle and had belonged to her mother, who had passed away in a house fire a couple of years earlier. But she wasn’t alone in the house. Also there were Sabrina’s six-year-old daughter and her aunt. The fire occurred while Sabrina was at work and all three of them perished in the fire.

Sabrina explained that the last time her mother drove the car was the day she died. She had gone out shopping with her granddaughter and they got haircuts. While Sabrina would have liked to have kept the car, she had to sell it. The car was all that she had left to touch because she had lost everything in the fire. She goes on to explain some of the good times the family had in the car. In the end, Kevin was able to crowdfund enough money to get his daughter another car and return this car to its rightful owner: Sabrina. Read the rest of the note below.

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