HERO CENTRAL: Adoptive Mother Gets Van for Christmas | News
Jeanese Crowell had a dilemma that only a larger set of wheels would fix.
She and her husband have 30 children, nine of them living at home and a simple family trip grew into several.
She says she's adopted 10 children, with others currently in the adoption process. She has two biological children, and also took in several children when loved ones passed away. Other children came into the family though their work with the Division of Family and Children Service.
"When you're trying to get the car seats in and get everybody loaded in I could never take everybody on one trip," said Crowell.
So she set her eyes on a used 15-passenger van and struck a deal with Buddy Howard at Georgia Auto Brokers in Warner Robins, but settling up her bill didn't go the way she expected.
"Every time I went back to go pay it was like, well, you know what if you give so and so I'll donate this much," she said.
She says that went on until she paid about $2,400 on a van worth at least $7,000. Then she realized she needed another smaller van that used less gas for trips with fewer people, only this time she hasn't had to pay a dime.
"He never wanted anything for it," she said. "Every repair that needed to be done, he did that, and it was just like a favor. It was nothing but favor from God."
Crowell says Howard also gave the family a bike for a child to have for Christmas.
Howard says he's amazed Crowell's providing for so many children.
"You take them 20 or so kids that she takes care of and they don't have choice in life and if I don't help her, then she can't help them and that's the way things should be in life everybody help each other," said Howard.
But Crowell says it goes beyond Howard and her.
"It's about knowing that when God is for you, who can be against you," she said.