When I acquired my 1976 Ford F-250 on November 1, 2013, I was speechless to finally own a piece of my grandfather's history. He has owned it since the 1970s, and I own it now!

It was just a old green ranch truck that I drove as my daily driver. When I got nominated for the Montana Hope Project, I wished for my truck to be restored to its original stature. The day my truck left for restoration, I was curious what it would look like when I got it back.

The day I walked into the room to see my truck, I felt my arms begin to tingle. When Dave opened the door, I was so overwhelmed with joy that I began to cry. I wrapped my arms around my grandpa to show appreciation for him letting me have this beautiful truck.

The Montana Hope Project, represented by the Montana Highway Patrol and Dave Evans, has made a huge impact on my life. I drive the truck with pleasure, and attend parades whenever possible to see everyone smile as much as I do whenever I look at it.



Taggert, Child of Hope, 2016