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Young mom needs car to get education, help child with disability

Jazmyne Johnson drives a black Lexus.

Actually, that’s not really correct.

She’s owns a very used 1998 Lexus, but it doesn’t run and hasn’t started in eight months. It just sits forlornly in front of the Hutto home where Johnson’s maternal grandmother invited her and her three young children to live two years ago.

The overworked odometer stopped working after 288,735 miles. Its inspection sticker has expired. No title or tags. The back is smashed in. The sides are scraped. The gaskets are leaking. It’s a wreck.

Johnson, 24, has to rely on Uber or Lyft to run errands, and take her children to doctor visits and Head Start in Hutto where they attend preschool. A round trip will cost her up to $24 a ride. Johnson is a single mom to 3-year-old son Nehemiah and 4-year-old twin daughters Nyliah and Nakayla. Nakayla has developmental delays from microcephaly, a rare birth defect that causes a baby’s head not to fully develop to its normal size and the brain to stop growing.

Recently, Johnson went to Dallas for Thanksgiving with a relative and then found out that she didn’t have a way to get back to Hutto for more than a week.

The Johnsons are part of the Statesman’s Season for Caring program, which features the stories of 12 local families nominated by area nonprofit agencies like Opportunities for Williamson and Burnet Counties, which is assisting Johnson.

On Johnson’s big list of needs are a reliable used car, car seats and car insurance. The care will help her not only get her children to school, but it will help her continue her education. Right now, that’s on hold, but her goal is to get a degree in biotechnology.

She’d love to be a medical laboratory technician and has always been interested in medicine.

“When I was…

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