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A car for Christmas

Joyce C. Nichols of Colonie received a 1997 Mitsubishi Montero as part of a contest held by Otto Cadillac on Central Avenue. The car will make life with her third grade twins Brandon, left, and Krista, right, much easier. Otto Cadillac will also pay for the plates, registration and 8 percent sales tax that would normally fall on Nichols’ shoulders.

Joyce C. Nichols of Colonie received a 1997 Mitsubishi Montero as part of a contest held by Otto Cadillac on Central Avenue. The car will make life with her third grade twins Brandon, left, and Krista, right, much easier. Otto Cadillac will also pay for the plates, registration and 8 percent sales tax that would normally fall on Nichols’ shoulders. Submitted Photo

— “To realize 2,900 people took the time out of their day to click and share and pass it on, I don’t even know what to say,” said Nichols.

People from as far as North Carolina clicked “like” to help out Nichols, a total stranger. That giving spirit, especially during the holidays, is what means even more than the car, said Nichols.

“The bigger picture is how much love and support I’ve gotten from everyone. That’s the real gift,” said Nichols. “Every time I get into the vehicle I’ll think of how I got it and all those people who care.”

The community coming together to help one of their own is exactly what Chris Otto, general manager of Otto Cadillac, had in mind when he launched the contest.

“With the holidays approaching, we wanted to donate a gift to an area family that would truly have an impact on their daily lives,” said Otto. “We were confident this campaign would be successful but it truly makes me proud to be part of the Colonie community. The feedback from everyone has been incredible.”

After seeing the rapid response on Facebook, Otto decided to throw in another surprise and announced the dealership would take care of Nichols’ plates and registration fees if the page reached 3,000 “likes.”

It did.

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