Monday, 27 December 2021 12:01

CARSTAR Wicklunds Collision Center Donates Vehicle to Kansas City Veteran

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CARSTAR Wicklunds, the first CARSTAR franchise location, has long supported veterans in the Kansas City region.

The spirit of honoring these military members’ service continued this holiday season with the presentation of a re-conditioned vehicle to local veteran Elvis Campbell on Dec. 22.

Campbell, who served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1977 to 1982, was living out of his car when his vehicle quit. He has been commuting from the Veterans Community Project/Tiny Homes to his heart appointments and to the KCI airport, where he is employed via public transportation.


“Elvis is a champion of service through his involvement with his church and to the Veterans Community Project,” said Sean Anderson, lead case manager for the organization.

Gerald Wicklund, second-generation owner of CARSTAR Wicklunds Collision Center in Liberty, MO, partnered with the Houston family, Liberty Car Care, Houston’s, Adam’s Muffler and O’Reilly Auto Parts to restore a 2006 Chevy Aveo.

“My mother and father always made an effort to recognize the men and women who served our country, and it’s important for me and my sons Billy and Jason to carry on that tradition,” said Wicklund. “This is our way of helping our veteran community during the holiday season. It’s an honor to be able to present Elvis with this vehicle."

CARSTAR Wicklunds also donated raffle proceeds from the 12th Annual Military and First Responder Appreciation event to the Veterans Community Project.