Make sure you read the article to the end and watch the entire video. Brownlee tried to buy his father’s car at auction but didn’t have enough money. Winner knows the Brownlee story.
Sam Brownlee died in 2010 after working for 43 years at a young age. He left behind a wife and two sons.
At the time, the eldest son, Tanner, was in his teens. Being a teenager can be hard enough for anyone.
Back then, Tanner had more to do than he would ever do after his father’s death. Tanner, his brother and mother continued: “We lived with a huge emptiness that we could never fill.”
Tanner gave away all his father’s belongings, which he treasured. One of them was a motorcycle jacket that never fit. Five years later, Tanner found out that his father’s patrol car, a Dodge Charger, was being auctioned off.
He was considering signing up for something else. He got too old to drive more, too fast, too far away.
He and Chase, his younger brother, were trying to raise money to buy the Dodge Charger. They set up a GoFundMe and earned $3,340. It wasn’t a lot of money, but they hoped it would be enough.
The whole family went to the auction to see if the car was a memory of their father and husband. Tanner has never been to an auction, but he watched and learned. When his father’s vehicle came up for auction, he started bidding.
Unfortunately, another person outbid him to the point where he couldn’t go further anymore.
The winner was addressed to the crowd and declared. The winner received the car and keys from the auctioneer.
Then there was a shocking turn of events.
He knew how important the car was to Tanner. He didn’t take the car for himself. He handed the keys to the boy. And the boy also took the keys.
He got up and hugged the man. He couldn’t hide his tears. “This is just so huge. I mean, me and my dad built a fence and stuff. But having something I can use and drive around that he drove around, it just means a lot.” – Tanner Brownlee.
On the same day, Tanner gave ride to his mother and brother, just like his father did in the past.
After the report, the story was published by the Make-A-News team and went viral. The video was viewed by millions of people and received 427,000 likes and 19,000 comments.
Tanner and his family have always cherish the car. Nothing can replace their father or husband, but at least they have something that belong to him, and there is enormous sentimental value to them.
The $60,000 prize will be donated to charity. This type of winner spends a large amount.
He was glad to bring joy to someone’s life, and make his contribution to creating a better world.