Chandler Lacefield, 17, sold her brand new Jeep so she could buy two smaller cars, so both she and her best friend could have their own. Lacefield’s Jeep had been a high school graduation gift from her parents. She met her best friend MacKenzie Sterner, also 17, at Weatherford High School in Texas. Sterner relied on her friends and mother for rides to school. Unfortunately, Sterner’s mother could not afford to buy her a car.
Lacefiled noticed that Sterner was struggling to get to and from her summer job; Sterner had been relying on her mom from transportation. Lacefield knew that her friend didn’t always know how she was going to get home, she would often pick Sterner up from work and drive her home, so she knew her friend needed stable transportation. During a mission trip to Bali, Lacefield began to plan how she would help her friend.
With her parents’ permission, Lacefield then asked Sterner’s mother for her consent. Sterner’s mother gladly accepted. Sterner’s mother told NBCDFW that Lacefield was, “So sweet and selfless.” Lacefield’s parents weren’t surprised by their daughter’s idea, “It didn’t shock us at all. We’ve known from the time she was little, she has a big heart,” her mother said. Lacefield immediately began looking for a place to exchange her Jeep for two cars. She eventually found a dealership that was able to help her and traded in her Jeep for a 2002 Acura MDX and a BMW 328 for herself.
With the help of some friends, Lacefield surprised Sterner with her very own car. She loaded her friends into her Jeep for one last time and had Sterner cover her eyes. When they arrived back at the house, friends and family were waiting for Sterner with her Acura wrapped in a big red bow. Sterner did not know what was happening, “Everyone had cameras in my face and finally someone was like ‘That’s yours.’ And I started crying, it was awesome, “ she said.
Lacefield says she does not like to tell people about what she did for her friend, but that she often gets asked about where her Jeep is. “I don’t like to tell the story, so I’ll say I sold it, got something cheaper, better gas mileage,” she said told NBCDFW. Lacefield says she has no regrets about what she did, “I was happy for Kenzie. I was just happy for her. I was just glad she loved it. I’m glad I did it.”