Help The Guys At Gearbox Magazine Help Someone Who Needs It

help the guys at gearbox magazine help someone who needs it

It’s an American tradition to help the less fortunate around the winter holidays. After the bell rings for New Year’s, however, many people who need assistance find themselves out in the cold. This weekend, the founder of Gearbox is trying to help a homeless veteran who needs a car — but not for the reason you’d suspect.

Janitor John moved to Phoenix with his roommate, a fellow military veteran…. John let it slip to us that he was living in a car. Everyone on the team here at the office was surprised… John wakes up in the morning, parked behind a grocery store (they’ve asked the manager’s permission), cleans up best he can (with wet naps), and walks over to Starbucks. They spend their days there sipping the cheapest coffee they can get, so they can be inside (where it’s warm), keep their phones charged, and look for jobs online… He’s contacted the local VA. They told him to go to a homeless shelter, which would be fine, except it’s on the far side of town, you have to check in at 6AM to “get a bunk with the crazies,” as he puts it, and there’s no bus service available from work to the shelters when he gets off work at 1AM… He’s contacted Wounded Warrior Project and Operation Homefront. Both have told him their #1 priority is wounded and recently returning combat veterans. John is adamant this SHOULD be their priority. Unfortunately, he’s been told it’s about a 2-3 year wait for help from them otherwise.

Brian and the rest of the Gearbox crew want to buy John a car that he can use as a bedroom and a way to get to his job. They figure they can make something happen for $1100. I’ve contributed, and you can too. Furthermore, I’ll send any member of the B&B who puts $75 or more in, starting now, a TTAC Racing T-shirt at my expense. Just post below that you’ve done it and I’ll contact you to arrange it. Warning: you might not get to pick the size. :)

Thanks for reading, and for caring — JB

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  • MBella MBella on Jan 02, 2015

    I was touched by this story. I hate what war does to these guys. I put in $75 an put this thing over $2000.

  • DR1665 DR1665 on Jan 13, 2015

    FINAL UPDATE: I suspect everyone who donated received an email advising the final outcome of this effort, but for the record, we ended up getting John a 1998 Suburban. 227k miles, doesn't look like it's leaked a drop of anything its entire life. It's titled to him free and clear, tagged through September, and won't need emissions until 2016. He was blown away. WE MADE A DIFFERENCE. Thanks, everyone. And thank you, Jack.

    • Bball40dtw Bball40dtw on Jan 13, 2015

      Thanks again for what you guys did for John. A '98 Suburban can run forever in the desert southwest. Good choice. I hope the day that he received his truck was the day that turned it all around for him.

  • FreedMike That wagon is yummy.
  • Syke Thanks, somehow I missed that.
  • 285exp I am quite sure that it is a complete coincidence that they have announced a $7k price increase the same week that the current administration has passed legislation extending the $7k tax credit that was set to expire. Yep, not at all related.
  • Syke Is it possible to switch the pure EV drive on and off? Given the wonderful throttle response of an EV, I could see the desirability of this for a serious off-roader. Run straight ICE to get to your off-roading site, switch over the EV drive during the off-road section, then back to ICE for the road trip back home.
  • ToolGuy Historical Perspective Moment:• First-gen Bronco debuted in MY1966• OJ Simpson Bronco chase was in 1994• 1966 to 1994 = 28 years• 1994 to now = 28 yearsFeel old yet?