As her son Justin was nearing his 15th birthday, Jessica Johns found her late husband Army Lt. Jonathan David Rozier’s old car registration for his 1999 black Toyota Celica convertible. Her husband was killed by an unexploded rocket-propelled grenade in Baghdad in 2003 and she had gotten rid of the car after his death to help pay for daycare for her son.
But as she thought about the car, she wondered if it would be possible to locate that exact car again and buy it for her son to drive when he turned 16. Johns thought Justin would love to drive the car that belonged to the dad who died when he was a baby. So she posted her request on Facebook and let the powers of social media do their magic.
Johns expected to be on a years-long search for the car, but days later she heard from the daughter of the car’s new owner, and he was willing to sell. Raising the funds to buy it and fix it up was going to be tough, but a group called Follow The Flag, which promotes patriotism, stepped in and made it happen.
They took care of everything and even delivered the car to Justin in time for his 15th birthday. He was totally surprised and so shocked by getting his dad’s old car back, he was actually speechless. Now that’s one heck of a birthday present!