Kevin Duke bought his daughter, Jada, a second-hand car for her 16th birthday but, as her birthday wasn’t for a few months, he began tinkering with the car to make sure it was perfect for his daughter’s sweet sixteen.
He was expecting to find some scratches and maybe the odd part needing a replacement, but instead he found a secret letter hidden away for the right person.
Kevin shared the letter to a Facebook page, saying it made him “shed a few tears”.
The letter was written by the car’s previous owner, Sabrina Archey, and reveals a heartbreaking story about how the car, lovingly called Sylvia, is the last piece of her family.
“To the person that gets this car, I just wanted to let you know what a special vehicle you’ve bought,” reads the letter, “This car belonged to my mom. She passed away Feb. 25th, 2015, in a house fire along with my 6-year-old daughter and my aunt. The last time my mom drove this car was the day she left us.”
“This car hols a lot of special memories for me. My home and everything in it is gone, this car is all I had left to touch. There was a mix-up with paperwork that’s caused the car not to be paid off by insurance.”
“It’s very upsetting that I have lost mt family, my home, and now I’m losing this last link with my mom and child.”
“I’m not mad at you. I hope this car is the best car you’ve ever owned. I hope it runs for 100 more years,” the letter continues, “I hope the backseat is filled with kids and toys and random things.”
“We took road trips, blared 80’s and country music, and rolled the windows down. There’s probably a sucker stick or a crayon hidden somewhere that belonged to my baby. Maybe an entire chicken nugget. Ha!”
“Love, joy, and adventure was had in this car. So now that it’s yours, please remember it isn’t just a car. It’s a memory. Be nice to it. Play a country song. ‘Big Green Tractor’ was my daughter’s favorite.”
“You’re riding with angels. My angels. Talk to them if you like, I’m sure they’d like to see and hear about any new adventure you take in this car.”
“Be blessed, be happy, live and love like we did. I wish you and Sylvia all the best!”