• Megan Spruiell holds her 5-year-old son, Kaden, after being gifted a car at OpenDoor Foodbank warehouse in Joshua on Sunday. BURLESON STAR/NEETISH BASNET

OpenDoor gives car to family

A pregnant, stay-at-home mother of two came to her usual food bank to feed her family on Nov. 25 and drove off with a free car.

Megan Spruiell and her husband, Lee, who is visually impaired, had managed to save up $250 to buy an old SUV.

She used it to drop off her children and sister to school and her husband to work.

The SUV would skid and slip when Spruiell applied the brakes when stopping. The suspension was broken and the radiator leaked, causing the vehicle to heat up and stop driving.

Seeing the difficulties Spruiell faced on a day-to-day basis, OpenDoor Foodbank and its volunteers got together and decided to give Spruiell a reliable car, filled with food, and $500 for fuel.

It was a surprise for her. A crowd had gathered as Troy Brewer, OpenDoor Church senior pastor, greeted Spruiell and showed her the shiny, new car.

“I’ll be able to go where I need to go now, safely,” Spruiell said with tears rolling down her face. “I’m really grateful, thankful for all of them. They’re amazing.”

OpenDoor Foodbank, a part of OpenDoor Church in Burleson, feeds about 2,000 Johnson and Tarrant County residents every two weeks at its Joshua location. At least 100,000 pounds of food including fresh fruits, vegetables and frozen meat - most of which are organic, non-GMO or gluten-free - are given away each time.

The food is donated by individuals as well as large companies, such as Walmart.

Sunday also commemorated the food bank serving 100,000 people already, just this year. Last year, it served about 80,000 people.

Brewer first started his mission of feeding people 25 years ago. He said the need is only growing and so is the food bank’s capabilities.

“We come across a lot of very deserving families just like this [Spruiell] who just need help,” Brewer said. “And, if a little bit would make such a tremendous difference, so why not? Why shouldn’t we be doing that, you know?”

At the food bank, people start lining up for food early on. The lines sometimes go almost two miles long.

During prayer times, the food bank recipients offer prayer request for a car, which would help them find a job, said church Elder Bryan Aston, who helped organize the Sunday giveaway.

The food bank has donated cars to people in need before as well and plans to continue doing so. The food bank selects a recipient who is most in need out of the hundreds, Aston said.

“The great thing about Megan [Spruiell] is that she’s so humble,” Aston said. “She was appreciative of the $250 car. She was thankful to have that. So, she is literally, completely taken by surprise by this.”

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