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Dedicated Martin County School District employee gets holiday surprise

Posted at 3:30 PM, Jan 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-02 18:56:26-05

MARTIN COUNTY, Fla. — The Martin County School District delivered a New Year’s surprise to a dedicated employee on Wednesday.

Mario Gonzalez, his wife, and their children moved to Martin County two years ago after witnessing the devastation caused by catastrophic storms in Puerto Rico.

The School District said he's a middle school custodian who works tirelessly to maintain clean and inviting learning environments for children, teachers, and staff members.

As a special reward, the MCSD partnered with Palm Tree Auto Sales of Stuart to surprise the family with a Cadillac Deville.

"I want to say thank you for this vehicle that they donated to me and my family," said Gonzales.

Palm Tree Auto Sales donated the vehicle, which has been completely serviced, and hopes it’ll add some holiday cheer to the family’s winter break.

"So you and your wife and your two boys could be riding in style," said Superintendent Laurie Gaylord.

The school district, the Stuart-Martin County Chamber and other community leaders made this a reality.

Lisa Compagno with Palm Tree Auto Sales said, "We figured out a vehicle that would make sense for donation purposes and we wanted to make sure it was reliable and would fit his needs."