Hal Colston, founder of the Good News Garage
The next time you see a stalled car on the side of the road, take a moment to consider the person who had to leave it behind.

"We see the broken-down cars on the highway when we're driving, and [think], 'Oh God, it's going to hold up traffic,'" Oprah says. "But that is somebody's life."

Without a way to get to work, these drivers run the risk of losing their jobs and falling farther behind financially. This is where Hal Colston steps in.

In 1996, Hal founded the Good News Garage in Burlington, Vermont, to help men and women with car troubles. "In so many ways, people are just a repair bill away from disaster. The car dies, they lose their job, and they just spiral out of control," he says. "I wanted to do something about this."
FROM: An Oprah/People Magazine Exclusive: Heroes in Hard Times
Published on May 19, 2009
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