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After buying a limousine, single mom Kristie Burns found a way to give her kids the star treatment while giving back to the community.

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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.


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wwwTheDreamAngelscom May 9, 2008, 9:56 AM

This is a great title. I was just wondering the other day what that show “Pimp My Ride” could do with the limo! LOL! - Kristie

You can read more at:
http://yearofthelimo.blogspot.com/

Jackie May 11, 2008, 1:07 PM

Nice! I can relate to your fears of small vehicles- I was rearended by an 80 year old woman going 30mph and my car was totalled. This was before my son was born, but because of the accident, I had trepidation about putting my newborn into a small sedan. I am concerned about the use of gas, so my Tahoe takes me where I need to go on a tank of gas per month. We budget our miles carefully. The flip side of larger vehicles that many overlook when looking at economy and environmental concerns is the ability to help other people. We have been able to do alot for others because of our larger vehicle, including bottle drives for scouts, salvaging fallen trees, bulk and coop shopping and sharing with others, carrying food to the pantry, donating large amounts of yardsale stuff for benefits, carpooling, and yes, purchasing supplies for our business so that we can live. I think that you are a kind and generous person. The style of vehicle that you choose is a personal one. I have actually had my car keyed by someone against suvs, but I don’t care. It’s not a trophy, its a tool. Your tool is a little more stylish, but serves a purpose. When times get tough, people start thinking about carpooling, and when 3 moms need to go grocery shopping, the back end has to have some capacity. I applaud you for having a giving attitude about your vehicle. You are helping the world to be a better, more peaceful, and cleaner place. :) All you might need is a fringe on the top, like the old fashioned slurries :)

Nina  May 12, 2008, 6:15 AM

What an awesome idea from a very thoughtful woman! I applaud your generous spirit and creative way of making a difference in this world. I hope that you have safe travels in your limo for many, many years to come.

Hiba May 18, 2008, 9:07 AM

Wow Kristie kudos to you. Your children are lucky to have such a great mom!


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