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Thursday, 17 May 2018 17:28

MO Body Shop Seeks Deserving Winner of Project Pay It Forward

Written by Renee Bronaugh, Daily Journal
Mid-America Auto Body & Restorations Co-owner Steve Camden is very hands-on in the business. He takes pride in what he does and is excited to make someone's dream come true in the community. Mid-America Auto Body & Restorations Co-owner Steve Camden is very hands-on in the business. He takes pride in what he does and is excited to make someone's dream come true in the community. Renee Bronaugh, Daily Journal

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Several area businesses are teaming up to make one person’s dream come true by fully restoring an older model vehicle free of charge.

Ashley Litton, Mid-America Auto Body & Restorations shop manager in Park Hills, MO, said they are looking for someone with a 1975 or older project vehicle who has gone above and beyond for their friends and family, or maybe the community.


“We wanted to give back to the community and have decided to have the community nominate and vote for someone who they feel has given to everybody else while putting themselves on the back burner," said Litton. “Someone who has had their dream car they want to restore and it has been pushed into the weeds because they take care of everybody else and not themselves.”


Litton said they are going to restore their vehicle free of charge for them and handle all of the labor. She added they are working with local businesses and sponsors to help with the parts and everything the vehicle will need.


“We hope to do something like this every year or two, but right now this is a trial run to see how it goes,” said Litton. “We still have a week left of accepting nominations and we would like to see a whole bunch more come in.”


Litton said they want people to nominate and vote for who they feel really deserves this. She said they aren’t choosing the winner; the community will be doing that by voting. She added they will have a vetting process to make sure they really couldn’t afford to do this on their own.


“We are going to make sure this person really deserves this and has really given back,” said Litton. “We definitely want to do that for somebody in our community.”


She added there are a couple ways to nominate someone. One is through their Mid-America Auto Body & Restoration Facebook page. There is a pinned post where nominations can be submitted in the comments with a picture. 


“The other way is through email at payitforward@midamericaautobody.com. I check those daily as well,” said Litton. “We have had about 70 submissions so far, but there will be certain things that will disqualify a person. One is if it’s a car we have already had. Another is (our) family and friends are not allowed to participate in the contest, and if they can afford to restore the car on their own.”


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