Facebook response provides hope for family

Created: 06/25/2014 9:19 PM
By: Tessa Mentus, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Technology can provide so much from cars that can drive themselves to 3D televisions, but it's not all about luxury. Technology, along with some big Albuquerque hearts provided a family with hope and a better chance at a new life.

Many of us leave our hometowns only to find our way back for different reasons.

Heather Mason's reason for coming home?  Hope.

“We came to Albuquerque because we couldn't find jobs in Colorado and I'm from here so I knew there would be some jobs,” said Mason.

Heather, her husband, Troy, and their little boy, Christopher, packed up their belongings and headed for Joy Junction, an Albuquerque homeless shelter.

Just when they made it to town, all of a sudden their car kept dying on them. The family had several people jump start the vehicle but it kept dying.  

A bad alternator belt put the odds against them, but Heather reached for her phone and held onto that hope. “I ended up posting on Facebook and asking anybody who could reach out with a tow to Joy Junction just so I could get my car back,” said Mason.

Jason Blankenship saw the post and responded, saying if the mason's had a rope he'd give them a tow. Then another Facebook response from a man named Stephen Astorga. Astorga offered to buy the belt for them.

“I had never seen that kind of care,” said Mason “For a total stranger before.”

Care that didn't just provide the Mason's with a working car, but with even more, hope.

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