|Doris Davis wipes away tears as she is presented with a 1998 Ford Windstar refurbished by Mike Rose's Auto Body. |
Mike Rose's Auto Body of Concord, California is just one of the shops who participated in the program this year. "We are very fortunate to be involved with such a wonderful program and are very excited to be able to give back to the community that has supported us for the past 32 years.
|Corina Hidalgo talks with Channel 7 reporter Wayne Freedman after receiving a reconditioned 1998 Dodge Caravan through the Akzo Nobel Sikkens Acoat selected National Benevolence Program. |
Corina Hidalgo, a single parent from Pittsburg, California, received a '98 Dodge Caravan donated by AAA of Northern California. Having this vehicle will enable Corina to take her three children to and from school and afterschool activities.
Doris Davis, a single parent of 6 children and 1 granddaughter, received a '98 Ford Windstar, donated by first year participant Mercury Insurance. Dave from LKQ Northern California handed Doris her keys.
|1998 Ford Windstar earmarked for Doris Davis |
More than 25 companies donated either parts, services or monetary donations towards the Benevolence vans and a combined effort of more than 35 employees and technicians at Mike's donated their time and skills to get these two vans road ready.
|Corina Hidalgo's "new" 1998 Dodge Caravan |
"What is so unique about the program is that everything is donated on the cars, even the cars themselves. It becomes a real community effort to put these vehicles together," explained Sal Contreras, marketing manager for Mike's.
About the Benevolence program
The pioneering Acoat selected National Benevolence Program is a partnership initiative designed to hand over renovated cars to the less fortunate. The program involves collision repair companies fully refurbishing vehicles that would otherwise have been written off or discarded.
Launched in 1999, the vehicles are traditionally handed over around Christ-mas time. Surrounding businesses often supply the families with other gifts and necessities as well.
"In 2003, we had 26 collision repair facilities participate in the program, but that number has more than doubled this year, and so has the number of people that are assisted," explained this year's program coordinator for Akzo Nobel, Chris Donnelly.
"We are thrilled to continue to support the benevolence program, which helps so many families throughout North America." Throughout the month of December, participating Acoat selected members will deliver the refurbished vehicles to their new owners, with some participants giving away more than one car.