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Thursday, 10 December 2020 14:50

Zara’s Collision Center in IL Gives Away 2012 Nissan Altima

Julisiana Olivarez with her newly refurbished 2012 Nissan Altima with son Brodie, daughter Callie and significant other Mike. Julisiana Olivarez with her newly refurbished 2012 Nissan Altima with son Brodie, daughter Callie and significant other Mike.

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Mother-of-four Julisiana Olivarez has been scrambling to maintain a reliable vehicle for six months while juggling children’s medical appointments, getting to and from work, and incurring the cost of taxi and Uber rides.

Thanks to the Benevolence Program of Zara’s Collision Center in Springfield, IL, many of Olivarez’s transportation challenges are behind her now that she has received a 2012 Nissan Altima, during a Facebook Live event Dec. 10 at Zara’s facility.

 

“I’ve had some struggles in the past but I’ve taken steps over the last three years to change my life,” said Olivarez. “Not having a vehicle, and then not having a reliable one, made getting myself on the right path more difficult. This car will let me continue to move forward with a healthy lifestyle and one that I’m trying to instill in my children.” 

To be eligible for a vehicle as part of the Benevolence Program, a person must be associated with a nonprofit agency or church, have a valid driver’s license or be in the process of receiving one, have a good driving record and have a verified need for a vehicle.

 

“It goes without saying that this has been a tough year for everybody” said Julie Zara, co-owner of Zara’s Collision Center. “But for people without transportation or who have had family members or their employment impacted by COVID, the repercussions just snowball. We feel so blessed that we can help make the future more hopeful for a special person like Julisiana.”

 

The Nissan Altima was donated by a Zara’s customer and longtime supporter of the Benevolence Program. Zara’s coordinated a...


...comprehensive maintenance check to verify the vehicle's safety and reliability, along with full detailing.

 

“We love the enthusiasm and community feel of our typical luncheon that has been a part of this event in the past,” said co-owner Brad Zara, “but social distancing considerations that so many businesses have had to adapt to necessitated a more flexible approach this year. Fortunately, we were able to use Facebook Live and have an inclusive, successful event.”

 

Zara’s vendors, employees, friends, family and insurance professionals also actively support the program. More than 50 donors contributed to the program this year, providing services along with cash donations exceeding $10,000 for insurance, gifts and other needs to benefit recipients.

 

Zara’s Collision Center is located at 3117 Wide Track Drive in Springfield. The company has restored and donated nearly 45 vehicles over two decades of the Benevolence Program’s existence. 

 

Source: Zara's Collision Center

 

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