Dad Buys His Daughter A Car For Her Birthday, But Then He Finds This Letter Inside


Getting your first car is one of the most exciting days in your life, and for Kevin Duke, giving his daughter Jada hers was just as exciting. Your first car marks a tremendous step in one’s life, as it’s one of the first real steps you take towards finding a little bit of freedom. Being a responsible parent, Kevin spent a lot of time trying to choose the right car for his daughter. When he finally found the one that he liked, he discovered a strange and mysterious note in the glovebox that would change his life forever…

Finding Something Unexpected

Any proud father will know how awesome it can be to give your child their first car. For Kevin Duke, giving his 16-year-old daughter, Jada, her first car on her birthday was an important step in their relationship and her development as a teenager.

Finding Something Unexpected

After careful consideration, Kevin decided on a Ford Fusion for his daughter. However, upon purchasing the car, he found a hidden letter in the glove box that immediately made him regret buying the car. But why?

Being Responsible

Kevin Spent a lot of time deciding on which car and model to purchase. As someone who acted responsibly, he wanted to ensure that he was making the correct decision when he bought the car. He made sure that he checked every nook and cranny of the car in a rigorous inspection before making his decision.

Being Responsible

After putting it through many a test, everything went smoothly. Kevin felt that he had made the correct decision purchasing the Ford, until he found the hidden note…

Hidden Pocket

Believing that he had inspected every little corner of the car, Kevin was surprised to find that he had missed a tiny compartment in the glovebox.

Hidden Pocket

“Well, yesterday I’m in it tinkering around and I open this storage compartment on top of the dash (which I’ve opened a half dozen times already),” he said. “This time I notice a rubber mat in the bottom of it and for whatever reason, I pull it out.” The letter had been hidden there for a reason.

Mysterious Envelope

Kevin was surprised by the fact that he had missed the envelope in the first place, but the mysterious rubber compartment that it was hidden in was quite deceiving.

Mysterious Envelope

He was curious as to what was hidden inside. He wondered why someone would try to hide it like that instead of just putting it in the glovebox. Soon enough, Kevin started to examine the contents of the letter and was amazed by what he found inside. He was taken aback…

To The New Owner

It turned out that the letter was specifically addressed to the new owner of the car, whoever that would have been. While Kevin had bought the car for his daughter, he decided to read the letter first as it was still technically under his name.

To The New Owner

He was anxious as he slowly opened the letter. On the front, it read “Important Info Inside.” Kevin was a little apprehensive but was encouraged by his curiosity.

Heavy Words

As Kevin started to read the words on the letter, he began to realize that they were indeed pretty serious ones. He was a little nervous at first, but carried on reading anyway.

Heavy Words

The first few words read: “This car holds a lot of special memories for me,” he read. “My home and everything in it is gone, this car is all that I had left to touch.” Kevin began to realize that this car must have had a dark past indeed…

In Memory Of

Kevin soon realized that the letter had been written by the previous owner’s daughter. He then realized that the owner had passed away shortly before the daughter decided to sell the car.

In Memory Of

“To the person that gets this car,” the person wrote, “I just wanted to let you know what a special vehicle you’ve bought. This car belonged to my mom. She passed away.” Kevin realized that they had obviously made a lot of memories in the car together…

Dear Memories

As Kevin carried on reading the letter, he realized that this was more than a car for the writer – it was a vessel for memories. She described how things like crayons and chicken nuggets might still be found in the seats.

Dear Memories

“My family filled this car with lots of love and other sticky things,” she wrote. “We took road trips, blared the ’80s and country music and rolled the windows down. I’ve changed more diapers in the backseat than I can count.” Then things got darker…

The Last Drive

The next part of the letter described the raw tragedy that had been connected with the car. As a result, Kevin would never look at this car the same way again.

The Last Drive

“The last time my mom drove this car was the day she left us,” the person wrote. “Her and my daughter went out shopping and got their hair cut.” Kevin realized that he needed to know more about why the car was sold in the first place and did a little digging…

She Lost Everything

After doing a little research, Kevin soon learned that the writer of the letter was a woman by the name of Sabrina Archey. As a proud mother, Sabrina experienced one of the worst tragedies that any mother could experience.

She Lost Everything

It turned out that Sabrina had lost her mother, aunt, and 6-year-old daughter, Jensyn, in a house fire. The terrible incident happened on February 25, 2015, and completely turned Sabrina’s life upside down. However, things would get worse still for the grieving mother…

Financial Turmoil

Not only had Sabrina lost so much in that fire, but she would also have a lot to deal with shortly afterward. Despite having to deal with the stress and heartbreak that comes with such a drastic loss, Sabrina also ran into serious financial difficulty.

Financial Turmoil

Having to pay for three funerals, Sabrina found that she didn’t have the cash. She was forced to sell her mother’s car to cover the expenses. She was sad that she had lost this last link to her mother and daughter…

More Than Just A Car

While the car had one or two minor bumps on it, the truth was Sabrina had viewed it as so much more than just a car. “I know it’s just a car to you, but to me it’s so much more,” she wrote.

More Than Just A Car

“So now that it’s yours, please remember it isn’t just a car. It’s a memory. This car with all its quirks is the last piece of my family. Be nice to it.”

Sylvia

Like so many car owners, Sabrina had also decided to give the car a name. According to the letter, the name of the car was Sylvia. “The very first day mom got this car, we all rode around and Dr. Hook’s ‘Sylvia’s Mother’ came in the radio,” she wrote.

Sylvia

“The name kind of just stuck when my daughter said that’s what we should name the car. So please don’t change her name.” But it seemed a though music would be an important part of this car’s history…

Enjoy The Music

Sabrina seemed to want whoever inherited the car to enjoy it in a similar way that she did. Having been a huge fan of country music and rock and roll, she even recommended a few songs to listen to in the car.

Enjoy The Music

“Play it a country song. Big Green Tractor was my daughter’s favorite song ever or some Lynyrd Skynyrd ‘Free Bird,’” she wrote. “That song meant so much to us that I played it at their funerals.”

Best Wishes

However, it was clear that Sabrina ultimately wanted whoever was driving the car next to enjoy it as much as she did. At first, Kevin felt a little guilty for having bought the car, but it became apparent that Sabrina wished him only the best of luck.

Best Wishes

“I’m not mad at you. I hope this car is the best car you’ve ever owned,” she wrote. “Hope it runs for 100 more years. I hope the backseat is filled with kids and toys and random things.”

Missing Her Car

It was clear that the car had clearly meant a lot to Sabrina. She added that in an ideal world, she’d most likely want it back again. “If you ever want to sell Sylvia, please try to find me,” she wrote.

Missing Her Car

“I just paid for 3 funerals, I can’t afford to buy it right now, but hopefully, I’ll be in a better financial situation if you decide later that she’s just not right for you anymore.” Naturally, Kevin was a little taken aback…

No Words

After reading the letter, Kevin was in a state of shock. Sabrina’s message was unforgettable. There was no way that he could simply put it down and carry on as though he had never read the message in the first place.

No Words

Kevin felt a strange sense of guilt about buying the car. He knew that it must have meant a lot more to Sabrina than it did him. He wanted to reunite Sabrina with it but had just given it to his daughter, so it was a complicated situation.

Unhapy Birthday To Her

As you can imagine, receiving a car for your 16th birthday and then having it taken away would be quite a disappointing experience. However, Jada surprisingly agreed with her father. She too had read the letter and was deeply moved by Sabrina’s story.

Unhapy Birthday To Her

She realized just how much this car must have meant to her and knew that giving it back to her would be the right thing to do. Kevin decided to share the letter online and track Sabrina down…

Sharing his Story

After making the tragic discovery, Kevin decided to share the story and an image of the letter on Facebook. He also expressed his desire to track down the writer and try his best to reunite her with the car.

Sharing his Story

She realized just how much this car must have meant to her and knew that giving it back to her would be the right thing to do. Kevin decided to share the letter online and track Sabrina down…

Time To Take Action

One woman who saw the letter online was Tammi Warrington, who was heartbroken by the story and decided that just sharing it on her wall wasn’t enough.

Time To Take Action

She was inspired by the letter and decided to take action. She wanted to help Kevin find Sabrina and decided to try her hand at locating her herself. She did some research on the fire and where it might have taken place before getting back in touch with Kevin and his daughter.

Teaming Up

Amazingly though, by the time that Tammi had gotten in touch with Kevin, he realized that he had already made contact with Sabrina himself.

Teaming Up

The trio decided to join forces and realized that they would need roughly $12,000 to replace the car and pay the taxes in order to return it to Sabrina. This would also help to take care of some of her other financial issues. The group decided to turn to crowdfunding to help with raising the funds…

A Lot Of Help

While neither of them had ever expected as much of a reaction as this, the truth was that the public had really been inspired by Sabrina’s story.

A Lot Of Help

Amazingly enough, only a few days after setting up the crowdfunding page, they had managed to raise $3,500 towards her cause. After that, Sabrina was also approached by an Australian TV show called This Is Life Live who wanted to share her story. Kevin also set up a fundraiser for Jada to get a new car as well…

Everyone’s Happy

Thankfully, in the end, it seemed as though Sabrina would have Sylvia back in her life! The fundraisers had been a success and that meant that not only would she be able to have her car back, but could also cover a few of her debts.

Everyone’s Happy

Thankfully, Jada also managed to get a new Ford Fusion which she named Sylvia2 in honor of Sabrina’s family. Overall, it was a touching story that had touched the hearts of many, all thanks to Kevin’s kindness.