Monday, 27 November 2017 14:31

Chaplain Gets Wheels to Help Give Care, Support in Omaha, NE

The CARSTAR Omaha locations helped make the upcoming holiday season special for one community organization this year, presenting the keys to a minivan to a Salvation Army chaplain during its annual Tree of Lights Kickoff in Omaha.


Recycled Rides™ is a community service program of the National Auto Body Council in which body shops repair and donate vehicles to agencies and families in need. 


A 2007 Chrysler Town & Country was donated by State Farm Insurance. Technicians at CARSTAR Don & Ron’s volunteered their skills to repair and refurbish the minivan, which the Salvation Army had requested. This is the second year CARSTAR has partnered with the Salvation Army.  


State Farm offered a minivan that had been totaled shortly after the owner had purchased it from a local dealer.  


“The vehicle still wore dealer plates and was in great shape other than having the minor collision with a deer,” said Darrin McGaughey, general manager for CARSTAR Don & Ron’s.  “Our technicians really enjoy using their skills to give back to the community.” 


“State Farm has a mission to help life go right,” said Kelly Pargett, Public Affairs specialist. “It’s rewarding to work with other businesses and nonprofit teams to see that mission come alive in the community.”   


The Omaha CARSTAR locations take turns repairing a salvage vehicle each year.  Platinum sponsor Baxter Chrysler donated OEM parts for the repair. McGaughey said many other businesses and organizations donated to make this gift possible. Vendors that provided donations of parts and services were Baxter Chrysler, Radiator Depot and Young’s Towing.  


“The Salvation Army is so grateful to have this partnership with CARSTAR. The gift of a vehicle every year is immense and does so much good for us or the clients that we serve,” said Major Randy Hellstrom, Divisional Secretary for the Western Division. “This year, we have chosen our chaplaincy program to receive this minivan. This vehicle will help our chaplain serve many families that are facing a crisis.”