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Lakewood couple to offer free rides for healthcare workers during storm

With major snowfall expected in the Denver area, Tanner Tom wanted to figure out a way to help those in need.

LAKEWOOD, Colo. — Meagan Burkett Tom said she will admit she and her husband spend a great deal of time on the road. As she stared at their 2017 Toyota FJ Cruiser, she had a confession to make.

"It sounds really strange, but it's absolutely our second home," she said.

The modified mid-size SUV sits in their Lakewood home driveway, towering over pretty much everything. 

"Fairly confident I can get through two feet snow at least," Tanner Tom said.

This weekend, the couple said they will put their off-roader to that test. With major snowfall expected in the Denver area, Tanner wanted to figure out a way to help those in need. 

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"Tanner just came up with the idea that we should go out and help health care professionals get to their shift and it wasn't really a discussion at all it was more of a, 'ok let's do it,'" Burkett Tom explained. "Ever since then we've been figuring it out along the way." 

In their FJ Cruiser, the Tom family has offered to provide free rides to healthcare workers who may not have the wheels to safely get to their shift. The couple put the call out on Facebook and have already received a flurry of responses. 

"We've actually been getting quite a few inquiries and requests for rides already from caretakers to doctors and nurses," Tanner Tom said. 

"We love to be able to do anything we can to help people," Meagan Tom added.

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The Tom family, as well as their passengers, will be masked up while they are providing the rides. 

Health care workers living in the Lakewood/Arvada area and who need a ride can contact the Tom family at 720-419-8471.

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