More than 300 people attended the presentation luncheon held at the Westgate Las Vegas Paradise Convention Center, with many of the sponsors, body shops and insurance companies that donate their time and money to the Recycled Rides Program every year.
The recipients this year include Jorge Hernandez who lost both legs and use of his hands in a near-death accident; a single father, Brandon Gonzales and his 6-year-old son Braydon; Earl and Sheri Shaw who leave their house up to four hours before they must be at work so they can drop off seven-month-old daughter Jasmin at daycare and make it to work on time, by foot and public transportation; Marine veteran Javier Rivera-Suarez and his wife, Estela, and two sons who are transitioning from homelessness to an apartment of their own and Tamara Lugman, also transitioning out of homelessness and starting a new job.
The Recycled Rides program is an industry-wide collaborative community service program in which businesses in the collision industry team up to repair and donate vehicles to those in need. The restored vehicles provide recipients with much-needed transportation as they restore their own lives.
Since the inception of Recycled Rides 10 years ago, members of the National Auto Body Council have donated nearly 2,000 vehicles nationwide, changing and saving lives for thousands of individuals across the country.