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Local Mom Thankful for Support in Quest for New Car

Dec 11, 2016 09:54PM ● Published by Shannon Antinori

(Photo courtesy of Heidi Kidd)

Thanks to online support, largely from other moms, a local mother is in the running to win a new car – a win that could be life-changing.

“Without a car, I don’t have a job,” said mom Heidi Kidd.

Kidd and her 4-year-old daughter, Adde, were involved in a serious car accident last month. Thankfully, Kidd and her daughter did not suffer permanent injuries, but the crash left the single mom without a car.

“I don’t actually remember the accident,” said Kidd, who suffered a concussion and burns to her thighs and stomach. Adde sustained bruising and muscle strain to her shoulders, but both are recovering, Kidd said.

“I remember people asking if I was in pain, and I remember looking down and my pants were smoking,” she said. For both mother and daughter, Kidd said, “It’s amazing that nothing is broken.”

A Yorkville resident, Kidd works as a nanny, and needs a car not only to get to work, but also to pick up her young charges from school.

“I’m constantly driving,” she said.

Days after the accident, a former client contacted Kidd to tell her about the Homewood Chevy Cares contest.

The two-round competition to win a Chevrolet Sonic kicked off with an essay contest.

Thanks to support from other moms – many of them strangers sharing her story via social media – Kidd took first place in Round One.

“I could not believe how fast people started voting for me,” Kidd said. “The local moms honestly have been so supportive.”

Round 2 of the contest, which required Kidd to submit a video, began Dec. 6. Voting will continue until Dec. 21, with a winner announced on Dec. 23.

For now, Kidd is getting by with a loaner vehicle that came courtesy of another supportive stranger.

“I had a lady in Yorkville reach out,” she said. The woman is allowing Kidd to borrow a vehicle for the short term.

“It’s definitely not a long-term solution,” the grateful mom said.

“A car is absolutely necessary to keeping my job, continuing my education, staying in our current home, and to our survival,” Kidd said in her contest entry. “Being given A Chevrolet Sonic would mean everything to us.”

To vote, visit the Homewood Chevy Cares website. Each person can cast one vote every 24 hours.

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