Monday, 19 November 2018 17:55

Omaha-Area CARSTAR Helps Deliver NABC Recycled Ride to Salvation Army

The keys to a Dodge Journey were given to the Salvation Army during its annual Tree of Lights Kickoff Nov. 8 in Omaha, NE, thanks to the local CARSTAR owners, State Farm, Baxter Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram and Keystone, among others, in conjunction with the National Auto Body Council Recycled Rides™ program.


NABC Recycled Rides™ is a unique program in which businesses representing all facets of the collision repair industry team up to repair and donate vehicles to individuals and families in need of reliable transportation. Since the inception of the NABC Recycled Rides™ program in 2007, members of NABC have donated more than 1,900 vehicles valued at more than $24 million.


A 2009 Dodge Journey was donated by State Farm Insurance. Technicians at CARSTAR Silver Hammer in Omaha, NE volunteered their skills to repair and refurbish the SUV.


State Farm offered the sport utility vehicle, which was declared a total loss because of hail damage.


Dent Pros Omaha donated the paintless dent repair work on the Dodge Journey,” said Greg Petersen, owner of CARSTAR Silver Hammer. “Our CARSTAR technicians volunteered their time to repair the remaining hail damage by conventional body repair methods.”


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


The four Omaha-area CARSTAR locations take turns repairing a salvaged vehicle each year. Platinum sponsor Baxter Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram donated OEM parts needed for the repair. Keystone donated new aluminum wheels for the SUV.


Petersen said many other businesses and organizations donated to make this gift possible. Vendors that provided donations of parts and services were Baxter Auto, Dent Pros Omaha, Keystone Automotive, Safelite AutoGlass, Auto Zone, Auto Tech, J.D. Casey Paint, 3B’s Towing, Nebraska Frame & Alignment, Charity Cars and the National Auto Body Council.


“The Salvation Army is very blessed to partner again with CARSTAR. The gift of a vehicle allows us to positively impact many lives,” said Major Jeff Strickler, divisional secretary for the Western Division. “This year we have chosen our SAFE-T program to receive this 2009 Dodge Journey. This vehicle will help our SAFE-T staff fight human trafficking.”


This is the third year an Omaha-area CARSTAR has partnered with the local Salvation Army.

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