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Wednesday, 11 July 2018 22:23

After the Donation: CA Veteran’s Benevolence Car Helps Her in Time of Need

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Veteran TeJae Dunnivant and her son received a 2014 VW Jetta from CSAA Insurance. CSAA Insurance Group's Community Affairs Coordinator Victor Cordon stands with the Dunnivants at Mike's Auto Body. Veteran TeJae Dunnivant and her son received a 2014 VW Jetta from CSAA Insurance. CSAA Insurance Group's Community Affairs Coordinator Victor Cordon stands with the Dunnivants at Mike's Auto Body.

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"We took it all from ideation all the way to the prototype stage, and we're now applying for full certification,” she said."It may lead to becoming a startup now. We're pretty excited about it because it will help children alleviate their anxiety when they are going through cancer treatment. I am now working with some of the best oncologists at Oakland Children's Hospital to work with the children with our prototype."


Asad's treatment is now done, and he is definitely almost completely recovered at this point, TeJae said. 


"He got his second round of immunizations, his hair has grown back and he is gaining weight, which is wonderful,” she said. “He is still not in school because he isn't completely immunized yet, but he is scheduled to go back to school in the fall."


CFO Ragen Rose at Mike's Auto Body discussed the value of her company's Benevolence Program, which is now in its 18th year. 


"It is an amazing experience every time we see the recipients get their cars," she said. "Everyone has to be able to get around and get to work---taking the kids to school, sports, doctor's appointments, etc. We know that having a reliable car makes a huge difference, and sometimes we take it for granted. The goal of this program is to make that difference in peoples' lives, and that's why I am very proud to say that we really care about the people and the communities we work and live in."


Mike's Auto Body CEO Brennan Rose never gets tired of helping people by giving them the gift of transportation.  

 

"The day of our Benevolence Program is one of the best days of the year for us," he said. "It brings our dealership partners, our insurance partners and our technician teams together to make this happen with a charity we partner with. They all come together to find the right vehicle, get the right parts, repair it the right way and find the right recipient to make this happen.


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