On Sept. 12, a deserving Chicagoland recipient experienced a life-changing event: the presentation of a vehicle to provide her independence and the ability to work and take care of her family.
The vehicle donation was courtesy of the National Auto Body Council Recycled Rides program, car donor Travelers and collision repair partner Gerber Collision & Glass.
The presentation was held at the CIECA CONNEX Conference in Bloomington, Illinois.
The 2014 Dodge Durango was donated by Travelers and refurbished by Gerber Collision & Glass of Oak Lawn, Illinois. Honk for Help and Armstrong Towing donated the 130-mile tow to the event.
“I want to thank our partners Travelers and Gerber Collision & Glass, both in Oak Lawn and in Bloomington, for everything they did to make this car presentation a reality for Michelle,” said Dale Ross, NABC Recycled Rides program manager. “Also, thanks to the leadership of CIECA for inviting us to present vehicles to deserving recipients at the last four conferences.”
The recipient is Michelle Shaw, a single mother of two who is recently divorced. This is her first time on her own, and she works to support her family but does not have a vehicle.
Shaw is a backpacking mom who walks wherever she needs to go. Her son is on the basketball team, and she finds rides just so she can be there to support him. She is a humble, grateful, deserving recipient, and this vehicle will make life for her a lot easier for her and her family.
“I’ve been truly blessed and thankful for all the help Family Promise has provided me and now all the wonderful people that were involved in the gift of this car. I just want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart,” said Shaw.
“We are thrilled to be a partner in NABC’s Recycled Rides Program,” added Beth Printz, claims regional vice president at Travelers. “We have donated over 75 cars since the start of the program, proof that we are committed to the communities where we work and live.”
NABC Recycled Rides is a unique program in which businesses representing all facets of the collision repair industry team up to repair and donate vehicles to individuals and families in need of reliable transportation. Since the inception of the NABC Recycled Rides program in 2007, members of the National Auto Body Council have donated more than 3,200 vehicles valued at some $46 million.
Additional partners in the NABC Recycled Rides presentation included Honk for Help, Armstrong Towing, Otis Automotive, Klean Detail, Servicemaster, Advanced Remarketing Services and Cars for Charity.