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Posted: Saturday, November 10, 2018 1:15 am

Davie Land has always worked at least part time to help out his single mother and younger brother. The past five years’ job has been at Starbucks where he enjoys meeting people from all around the world. “If you woke up today, you’re winning,” is his philosophy. When his 1993 car with more than 150,000 miles broke down while he was at work, he managed between walking and other arrangements, although getting to his classes at Miami-Dade College wasn’t easy. He didn’t have much choice since repairs weren’t possible until he received his next paycheck.

He’s known Michelle Dulevich since high school when he became friends with her daughter. He was somewhat aware of the Brightseasons Foundation Dulevich established in 2017, but didn’t think about a personal connection. When she heard about his car, she understood the impact was beyond inconvenience. The cost for a tow and repair was likely to consume much of the check he was waiting for which meant less money for school and other necessities.

“When I got home and asked the members of Brightseasons if we could invest in everything he needed for a repair and total tune up, and my husband would do it, they all agreed right away. Then, I got a text from one of our members, Brenda Orinstein. She said she spoke with her husband and son and they decided to gift this boy one of their cars that they had, no strings attached. They want to pay it forward and make sure he has reliable transportation to continue after his dreams!”

Another member, Christina Cowart, offered to handle the paperwork for the transfer, to make the surprise presentation as seamless as possible.

“I was in shock,” Land said. “For someone to do this is so refreshing and motivating.” In working toward a certification in Music Business and Creative Production, he hopes to find a job in the music industry after he completes his two-year course. “Keep going, it gets greater later,” is something he thinks young people should remember if they begin to feel overwhelmed.

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give,” was the motto chosen by the Brightseasons Foundation board and Land certainly feels they are achieving their goal.

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