For the fourth consecutive year, Bates Custom & Collision of Baytown, Texas gave a deserving Baytown family one heck of a Christmas present - a 1995 Chevrolet Corsica that had been totally rebuilt by the Baytown staff. The annual gift is part of the Akzo Nobel Acoat Selected Benevolence Program through which body shops across the country donate their time and money to help out a needy and deserving family in their communities.
|The administrative staff filled the car with Christmas presents for the family. |
|All of Bates 23 employees participated in the project. |
According to Leila Bates, Vice President of Bates Custom & Collision, "Each year the collision repair industry as a whole comes across cars that are 'written off' by either the owner or the insurance company. Oftentimes, these are older vehicles that just need some mechanical and bodywork to get them road ready and perfectly safe to drive. Because we believe these cars are going to waste when there are people who really need them, we decided to do something about it.
"For the fourth year in a row," Bates continued, "our employees have volunteered their time to refurbish a vehicle. It's a real team effort!"
The shop's technical staff put in 70 hours rebuilding, refinishing and detailing the vehicle. Parts were donated by Williams Auto Salvage, Charlie Thomas GMWheels America. The Bates administrative staff participates by filling the car with gifts for the family. "We all view this program as a helping hand up," said Bates.
The Akzo Benevolence Program participants work with local charities to identify a working family that really needs a car. "This year," said Bates, "a mother's dedication to provide for her family as a single mother and victim of domestic violence touched our hearts. She works two jobs and has two children: a girl three years old, and a boy, eight. Owning her own vehicle will give her that helping hand up that she needs to become independent and see 2003 as a year of success." Bates worked with the Bay Area Women's Center to identify a family in need of a vehicle. Bates Custom & Collision has served Baytown for 12 years and employs 23.
Bates Custom and Collision is just one of the many Akzo Nobel Acoat Selected collision repair centers in the country that presented a vehicle in December. The Acoat selected program is available only to shops that use only Sikkens-brand paint by Akzo Nobel, and meet stringent selection requirements. As part of the program, Akzo Nobel provides the paint and refinish materials and professional guidance on soliciting donations of needed parts.
Bates also worked with a local insurance agent, Larry Wilkey-State Farm Insurance, who generously provided six months of insurance coverage on the vehicle.