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Sunday, 30 April 2006 10:00

Collision King provides refurbished vehicle to single mom

Written by Autobody News staff
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Giving back to the community is a year-round activity for collision industry professionals. Thanks to Collision King Repair Center, Lubbock, Texas, a single mom of two small children is the proud owner of new transportation. 

Collision King partnered with My Father's House, a local non-profit organization, to identify and reward a deserving young single mom with a refurbished vehicle.

My Father's House is a ministry to women in need - most homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless. They offer a safe haven while recipients receive mental, emotional, spirtual, educational and vocational support to change the direction of their lives and empower their future. Each single mom is encouraged to complete school, become self-supporting through a professional career and give back to her community while fostering good citizenship. The women go through a strict disciplined training program that equips them with these life tools.

Five residents and graduates from last November's training session qualified for an opportunity to receive a vehicle from Collision King by writing a personal testimonial essay. A panel of judges ultimately selected Nichole Hartline to receive the vehicle.

"Each essay was powerful and spoke volumes on how far these five ladies have come and the strong desire to move forward with newly learned skills and a positive outlook on life. Hopefully, we are not only providing a car but are helping someone's future. I wish we had five cars to donate. We challenge other collision shops and businesses in our community to get involved," stated Steven Tisdale, owner of Collision King.

The vehicle was one Collision King came across after the owner and insurance company had written it off, even though it was still in good condition and very roadworthy. With the idea of donating it to a charitable organization or needy family, Collision King shop technicians volunteered time to restore the vehicle. In addition, several local businesses donated services. Midas Auto Service Experts donated a brake job package; Pioneer Lincoln Mercury Dealership serviced the vehicle and provided a number of free oil changes; and XStream Auto Clean who gave free car washes for a year.

During the presentation, Hartline was visibly emotional. Added Tisdale, "At a time when Nichole is getting back on her feet and learning to be self-sufficient, this vehicle affords her the opportunity to be able to provide for her and her family in ways that those of us who have vehicles take for granted. This project is very special to Collision King and our employees.


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