GiGi’s Playhouse Family Awarded with Car from Indy Auto Man
Program Designed to Help Families Who Give Back to the Community
(Indianapolis) Monday, April 27, 2021 – A local car dealership is helping a GiGi’s Playhouse family in need by providing them with a new-to-them car.
The past year has been especially difficult for Vickie Hewlett. She lost her job during the pandemic. Two people were shot in her neighborhood. And the engine on her car blew. The single parent of an adult son with Down syndrome, Hewlett is desperate to move to a safer neighborhood, but not having a reliable vehicle has made it hard for her to even get to her new job.
“I’m borrowing a car whenever I can,” Hewlett explains. “My son has therapy appointments to get to and the isolation has been hard for him. I love him with all of my heart, and I want to provide the best life for him.” Enter Indy Auto Man. The used car dealership sponsors a program called IAM 4 INDY designed to provide safe, reliable vehicles to deserving people in the community. The dealership donates a refurbished car to one deserving person each month. It’s team of mechanics inspects, repairs, or replaces the vehicles’ tires, brakes, suspension, and exhaust as well as any belts, hoses, and necessary body panels.
“It’s our great honor to share our success with the community,” says Victor Figlin, General Manager of Indy Auto Man. “Families like the Hewletts share our values of self-motivation, initiative, and hard work. Vickie and her son have overcome many difficulties and by giving them this vehicle we will help them make an impact in their community."
Denisse Jensen, executive director of the Indianapolis GiGi’s Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Center where Vickie’s son receives many of his services, nominated Hewlett for the program. “Vickie is a humble and selfless person. She always has a smile on her face and is always willing and eager to help the hundreds of children with Down syndrome in our community.”
Indy Auto Man presented Hewlett with her car Tuesday, April 27th at 4:30 p.m. at 3Up in Carmel. When asked what it would mean to have a reliable car with no payments Hewlett says, “I always knew God had a plan for me, so I can’t wait to pass on the love and bless someone else. This will allow me to volunteer again at GiGi’s and my church. Having a car will also allow me to drive some of my elderly neighbors to their doctors’ appointments and volunteer with the homeless shelter in Indianapolis.”
About GiGi’s Playhouse:
Serving children and adults of all ages, GiGi’s Playhouse Indianapolis provides educational and therapeutic programs at no charge to families in a format in which individuals with Down syndrome learn best. We will never let cost deter our families from participation or impede the achievement of our children and adults. In helping individuals with Down syndrome achieve their Best of All, we also advance our larger vision of global acceptance for people of all abilities. All programs aim to maximize self-confidence and empower individuals to achieve their greatest potential. GiGi’s Playhouse Indianapolis is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization. Learn more at