After buying a limousine, single mom Kristie Burns found a way to give her kids the star treatment while giving back to the community.
When Kristie Burns and her children were involved in a car accident, this single Mom of two had major concerns about purchasing a small car for her family. But rather than opt for a minivan, Kristie decided to buy a limousine instead--and has changed her community.
Momlogic: Some Moms carpool with a minivan or SUV... why the limo?
Kristie: In October 2007 I was in a car accident. I was taken to the hospital for a neck injury, and thankfully my children were fine. If we didn't have our seatbelts on, things would have turned out differently -- they saved our lives. The car accident created some issues because I felt fearful of being in a small car.
When I wanted to replace the car, I looked online. I saw the white 1985 Lincoln limo for sale and all three factors came together: I knew I was safe (it was a big car), I felt I could help people and not just my family with it, and it made me happy. I really wanted this limo.
Momlogic: What sort of reactions do you get from others?
Kristie: I have always been involved in helping abused women and children. I always try to uplift them, and one of my favorite things in life to do is a "random act of kindness." I donate limo rides to non-profit organizations, to the charities to auction off, as well as to people in general.
I work with an organization that helps abused children and I bring them to the events. I also take nominations from people. I mostly focus on helping women and children. I love to see people smile and make a difference in their lives. They really like it among my friends and community.
I have gotten mixed reactions from some parents at school and those who don't know me. They think I must be crazy, and that there is something wrong with me. One child wasn't allowed to come to my daughter's birthday party because she wasn't allowed to be in the limo. Her parents thought it would spoil her. I think we should spoil people, including our children. We should treat them to nice things, they deserve it. We don't have enough of that in life.
Momlogic: What message do you want to send to other Moms?
Kristie: If you have something nice, please share it with other people because so many people have nice things like boats, big screen TV's, swimming pools in the backyard ... and I just think 'if people shared, it would be fun.' Moms, don't put yourselves in the "mom box" where we think of ourselves as working moms or stay-at-home Moms... Create your own Mom image, according to who you are and what you want to do with your life.