For the fourth year, 2nd to None Service and Tavenner’s Towing came together to give away a vehicle to someone in the community “who helps others and who has come upon hard times and could use a helping hand but would never ask for one,” according to Lynetta Rogers, who co-owns 2nd to None.

This year’s recipient of a free vehicle is “an amazing woman,” Rogers said, who works at Edgewood Middle school running the kitchen, then works with the after-school program at Mountainview Elementary. After that she cares for her aging mother, and in her spare time “finds ways to help others in the community.”

Her name is Monica Martinez. “Ms. Monica as the kids call her, we are proud to award you with this 2001 Dodge Grand Caravan,” Rogers wrote. “Congratulations and keep up the good work.”

All-American Collision, Double H Napa, The Independent, Moriarty Pipe & Iron, Sign Source Plus, Shorty’s BBQ and Debbie Ortiz also supported the vehicle giveaway.

Leota Harriman
Leota Harriman

Leota started working for The Independent in 2006, working her way up through the ranks. An employee buyout in 2010 led to her ownership of the newspaper. Leota has served on the board of the N.M. Press Association, and is currently its First Vice President. She is passionate about health and wellness, especially mental health, and loves making art. She can be reached at [email protected]