Friday, 16 July 2021 15:13

Cleveland Veteran Receives Refurbished Vehicle Through NABC Recycled Rides® Program


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On July 14, a deserving Cleveland, OH, veteran experienced a life-changing event---the presentation of a vehicle to provide him independence and the ability to work---thanks to the National Auto Body Council (NABC) Recycled Rides® program, along with car donors GEICO and Gerber Collision.

The presentation was held in conjunction with BodyShop Business magazine, a Babcox Media publication, headquartered in nearby Akron.
The presentation was held at the Public Square, Quicken Loans Stage, in downtown Cleveland. Some 75 leaders in the collision repair industry, who were attending Collision Week, gathered for the event. Several NABC members and supporters who are headquartered in Cleveland participated in the event, including Saint-Gobain and Genesis Rescue Systems.
Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson issued a proclamation recognizing the contributions of the NABC to the community. To date, NABC Recycled Rides has presented more than 30 vehicles to Cleveland residents in need. 
The American Legion Post 572 Color Guard from Parma, OH, presented the colors and U.S. Navy veteran Michele Wisniewski sang the National Anthem.
The recipient, Victor Schwartz, received a 2017 Honda Civic donated by GEICO and refurbished by Gerber Collision & Glass of Westerville, OH.


Schwartz served as a corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps, and today works as a security guard. His current vehicle is beyond affordable repair, so the gift of reliable transportation will allow him to get to work and doctors’ appointments.
“This is amazing. I can’t say enough, this is more than I expected,” said Schwartz.  “It’s an honor for me to meet so many great people through this process. What you all do is greatly appreciated by me and other veterans. This will allow me to...

...improve the quality of my life. I can go places and keep my job as a security officer. This is not just a car, it is security for a better quality of life.”
“What a tremendous day to collaborate with our industry partners to present a NABC® Recycled Rides to a deserving veteran during Collision Week in Cleveland,” said Bill Garoutte, president and CEO of the NABC. “It was an honor to present Victor Schwartz with a refurbished vehicle and see the emotion in his face with the outpouring of support for him. This is what our mission is all about!”
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 the NABC have donated more than 2,600 vehicles valued at more than $36 million.
Additional partners in the NABC Recycled Rides presentation included 1-800 Charity Cars and PPG.


Source: NABC 


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