Iraq war veteran, Sgt. Kelly Foster, first purchased his ’65 Mustang back in 2005 after his first tour of duty with plans on restoring the classic vehicle. Over the years, Foster had been paying little by little to get it fixed up at a Pearland, Texas auto shop.
Well, earlier this month, Foster was amazed to walk in to the auto shop to find that strangers had paid nearly $20,000 to have the Mustang restored.
Seeing the car, Foster said, “I’m extremely surprised. I had no idea this would happen. I’m speechless.”
Spearheaded by Margaret and Timor Martin, donations were collected from approximately 35 local community members. The Martin’s said that their drive to get the money together stemmed from their deep appreciation of U.S. military members. Both come from strong military families.
“We got some friends of ours together and everyone pitched in,” said Margaret. “We wanted to kind of pay it forward for someone who has served this country.”
Walking into the auto shop, Foster thought he was just going to be visiting his work in progress vehicle. Instead, he found it restored to near mint condition. He was so excited by the sight that he couldn’t help but hug the Martins.
“We feel like these guys are underpaid and underappreciated,” said Martin. “They are not taken care of the way someone who is willing to put their life on their line should be treated.”