This is the moment a young student who could not get to college on public transport burst into tears when he discovered that an elderly woman who had passed away had left him her car.

Jared Ledford, 20, had qualified for Northeast Community College in Blountville, Tennessee, but he had no way of getting to the main campus for the majority of his classes.

Some of the classes were available locally, Jared said, but faced with a roughly-45-minute drive from his home for the other classes, the carless 20-year-old was facing the prospect of not being able to finish his studies.

Fortunately, Jared is well liked in his local community of Elizabethton, Tennessee, as he often helps out at the TLC Community Center.

The center works with local schools, the elderly community and on charity events.

Jared often helped out with TLC’s food program, heading to the center to cook, sort food and help deliver the meals on the center vans to children’s homes.

Last summer, the center’s food program provided 80,000 meals to children.

In recent weeks, Angie Odom, the center’s founder, had been contacted by two men, who said their deceased mother wanted to donate her car to the center, so that it could be presented to someone in need.

That woman was Kaitlin McKinney, 90, a Hungarian immigrant who had moved to the US aged 16 for medical training during World War II, and who went on to marry a US soldier and become a citizen.

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Angie said she knew just the person for Kaitlin’s car, a 1994 Achieva Oldsmobile.

And so, on February 11, Jared was brought to the center’s parking lot, where he was encouraged to sit in his new vehicle and immediately broke down at the act of kindness.

Angie, whose center celebrated its 20th anniversary in February, said: “Seeing how grateful he was just hearing he has a car without even asking the make or model was so inspiring. 

“Spending the last 20 years at a nonprofit there are those who come in and feel everything is owed to them. 

“Seeing Jared’s pure heart and how he was so appreciative and humble is what inspires me to get up the next day and help the next person. 

“Also, the wonderful two men that came in to give in honor of their moms that ended up helping a young man is so touching. 

“It shows again why we need to teach it’s better to give than to receive. 

“Jared gave and then without even asking he received. 

“The car came at a perfect time.”

Story courtesy of T&T Creative Media.