“Do a nice thing for your parents today. It doesn’t have to be big,” Corey Wadden’s video says.
The Waterloo, Ont., man did the ultimate nice deed for his mother — he bought her the car of her dreams, a 1973 Saab 99 EMS.
“I am about to give my mum her dream car, the one she’s always wanted,” Wadden says at the start of video.
Initially, his mother thought she was being filmed for a documentary her son was making.
“I had to find a way to get her to come downstairs, so I told her we need to film her and I walking into our apartment building,” the video explains.
As they walk down the stairs, Wadden gives her an envelope saying “something came in the mail for you.” When she opens it, she finds a photo of the car and keys to it. Understandably so, she is caught off-guard, and responds with some enthusiastic swearing, which is bleeped out.
When Wadden opens the door to unveil his surprise, his mother screams with joy as she falls to the floor. She then immediately gets up and hugs her son.
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In the video, Wadden says his mother always wanted a copper-coloured 1973 Saab 99 EMS. Last year, he asked her to point out the exact car she wanted. He says it took him a year to find the car and save for it.
It took Wadden six months to locate a silver 1974 Saab on eBay, adding “It wasn’t the same year or colour, but it was close.” But, wait … this gets better. It turns out the seller was a Saab collector and had the “exact make, model, colour and year I was looking for.”
If you haven’t cried yet, this next part will definitely tug at your emotions. There’s a reason why Wadden’s mother wanted a 1973 Saab 99 EMS.
Wadden explains that his mother used to clean homes for a living, and one of the clients owned a 1973 Saab 99 EMS.
“He would throw her the keys and let her move the car all the time and she fell in love with it,” he writes.
Being the good son that he is, Wadden says he is on a mission to help improve his mother’s life. She lost her job more than two years ago and wasn’t able to get a new one after the previous one kept on falling apart.
“I set off on a challenge to earn enough money to financially retire her. I haven’t been successful yet, but this is a big milestone in helping to improve her life,” he says.
So far, the video has received 2.8 million views on YouTube since it was posted on Aug. 11.
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