Veteran, Mom Surprised With Free Car On Veterans Day


Delray Beach philanthropist, businessman Anthony Caliendo donates third car through Wheels from the Heart charity

Staff report

Delray Beach business broker, best-selling author, motivational speaker and sales coach Anthony Caliendo surprised single mom of two and veteran Kendall resident Christine Kelly with a free mini van on Veterans Day.

This marks Caliendo’s third car donation through Wheels for the Heart a non-profit that has given away 97 reliable vehicles to single moms helping them drive to a better life.

“I am thrilled to support single working moms like Christine who juggle many roles, including a busy work schedule and military duty, while single-handedly raising children,”Caliendo said. “Having been raised by a single mom, I understand first-hand that being a mother is one of the toughest jobs in the world. I am happy to share the fruits of my own business success with hard working individuals that need a helping hand.”

Kelly received her new car on Veteran’s Day during Cars & Coffee Palm Beach at the Palm Beach Outlets.

A former cook in the army, Kelly recently re-enlisted in the army for six years as a chaplain’s assistant. She also works full-time at a waste management solutions company.

“I am so grateful to have a reliable and safe vehicle for my family,” Kelly said. “This gift will ease my financial burden and allow me to allocate more money towards a better life for my children.”

Living by the motto “When you are blessed become a blessing to those in need,” Caliendo also has donated a 2007 PCW Precision Cycle Works Detroit Custom Chopper as an auction item to help Wheels for the Heart reach its goal of donating 100 cars to single mothers in need.