Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Caren Pilkington with her mechanically-talented  brother David Pilkington.A Madras woman in a bind with car troubles, was shocked when her prayers answered by a dose of brotherly devotion last week.

Caren Pilkington, 29, who works at Wells Fargo Bank, said she and her fiance need two vehicles, since he heads to his job at Keith Manufacturing at 4:45 a.m. Problems arose when he began having trouble with his truck and estimates to fix it were $2,000-$3,000.

“We have three kids and not enough money,” she said, noting she contacted local relatives and put a posting on facebook asking if anyone could help repair it, but got no response.

Around 9:30 p.m., Friday night, she called her brother David Pilkington, who lives in Brentwood, Calif., for a sympathetic ear. “I was crying to him about not having help to fix the truck and that I didn’t know what I was going to do,” she said.

They got to talking about their brother Dale, who passed away in January. He had lived in Madras and was the family handyman. Dale would have already had the truck fixed if he were still here, they agreed. She hung up, telling her brother she’d give him a call tomorrow to let him know how things were going.

“I was woken up at 6:30 a.m. the next morning by my brother David walking into my house saying, `Let’s get this truck fixed.’ I was in total shock. I had no clue he was going to drive over 600 miles for one day just to fix the truck!” Caren Pilkington said.

On top of that, her brother also has three kids he couldn’t leave alone. “He said he told them, `I’m going to Oregon, you have 10 minutes to get in the car,’ and they all drove up,” Pilkington said, adding, “It was unreal, something you’d never imagine.”

It was so early, they had to sit outside the parts store until it opened. It ended up costing her just $475 for parts, while he did the labor for free.

“He did all the repairs on Saturday, then had to drive right back to get to work on Monday,” she said, adding, “This is truly what family is all about. I really have no way I could even thank him.”

She thanked him repeatedly, and offered to pay for his gas, but he refused her offer. “He’s a quiet guy and doesn’t like a lot of fuss,” she explained.

“He said he did it because he knew if Dale was still here, it would have already been done. And I think he felt responsible and that he needed to step up and do it,” Caren Pilkington said of her brother’s surprising act of kindness.

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