Repo company gives holiday cheer to Garfield Heights single mother



“GARFIELD HEIGHTS, OH — “I am overwhelmed with joy, ” said Diana Parks as she and her daughter Ania Parks, 10, watched Relentless Recovery employees bring boxes of Christmas gifts to their home in Garfield Heights on Wednesday.

Two weeks ago, Relentless Recovery came to repossess Diana Parks’ car. This week they are bringing gifts. Parks, a single mother, fell behind on payments after she was diagnosed with a pituitary tumor in May. She now has seizures and difficulty walking, making her unable to work as a pharmacy technician. She also had to drop out of school at Cleveland State University where she was a full-time student studying for a double major in chemistry and pre-pharmacy. “I was working so hard so we could do better,” she said. “And then I got sick.”

When Scott from Relentless Recovery came to the door, Parks thought she was having a seizure and he offered to call 911. Feeling better, Parks talked to him for an hour. Instead of taking the car, he wept. Scott pulled cash out of his own pocket and insisted Parks take it. He told his boss he’d give up half his paycheck until her car payments were up to date.  Amy Bednar, owner of Relentless Recovery, wouldn’t take his money. The company agreed to cover her delinquent car payments themselves. They’re looking to help with rent, too. They asked for Ania’s Christmas gift list and divided it among their staff members.”

I don’t really have much to say about this one, no “hot take”, no attempt to spin it. It’s not your typical Bottlegate blog material. Just a really cool story to share and talk about during the holidays.

Kudos to Scott, first of all. Can you imaging offering half of your paycheck to a stranger you’ve known for exactly one hour? And then Amy for not letting Scott take that responsibility on and making it a company wide effort. And to all the employees who put money towards giving a single mom and her 10-year-old daughter a Christmas to remember. Good jobs all around.

A repo company spreading holiday cheer. You don’t see that every day.

A GoFundMe has also been set up for Diana and Ania. $10,000 and counting. Merry Christmas, indeed.

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