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Tuesday, 08 March 2022 15:33

Dingle Family Continues Journey with Their Recycled Ride

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The Dingle family is still driving the 2013 Nissan Versa they received in 2015 as part of Mike’s Auto Body's Benevolence Program. The Dingle family is still driving the 2013 Nissan Versa they received in 2015 as part of Mike’s Auto Body's Benevolence Program.


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As part of Autobody News' “After the Donation” series, we focus on families, individuals and nonprofit organizations who give away cars through NABC’s Recycled Rides Program.

Mike’s Auto Body is a leader when it comes to philanthropy, and nationally known for giving people a hand up as opposed to a hand out through its Benvolence Program. In December, the California Bay Area MSO, owned by the Rose family, gave four families "nearly new" completely refurbished cars---bringing its total number of donations to 100.


Many of these recipients have decided to pay the benevolence forward and help others in need, and the Dingle family is a prime example of the power of giving.


In November 2015, Mike’s Auto Body presented a 2013 Nissan Versa to Staff Sgt. Eugene Dingle from Travis Air Force Base and his wife April as part of its annual presentation on Veterans Day at the company’s Fairfield, CA, location.


At the time, Eugene was a member of the 60th AMXS Squadron and had to commute to and from his assignment at Moffett Air Base as well as get his children to and from school. Thanks to their completely refurbished vehicle from Mike’s Auto Body, the Dingle family was able to function normally.


In addition, the Rose family gave the Dingle family one year of insurance coverage and a trunk full of gifts for the children.


Eugene said he couldn’t stop smiling when he first saw his 2013 Nissan Versa for the first time six years ago.


“It was so miraculous, I still can't believe it happened even now,” Dingle said. “The people at Mike’s Auto Body and the Rose family are incredible, because they make their benevolence program a priority every year. After receiving these blessings, I realized that I now have a responsibility to help others---to pay it forward."


Since receiving the vehicle, April and Eugene Dingle have been doing everything they can to give back to their community, and their Nissan Versa has played a significant role in their journey.


"Back then, I was the chaplain assistant at Moffett Field in Sunnyvale, CA, so I had a 1.5-hour commute from our home in Suisun City," Eugene said. "I was also...

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