Monday, 18 April 2022 10:28

NABC Recycled Rides® Program Donates Refurbished Vehicle to Illinois Woman


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Recently, Fahtina Al Amin, a mother of two teenage boys, one of whom has sickle cell anemia, experienced a life-changing event---the presentation of a vehicle to provide her independence and the ability to work and take care of her family---thanks to the National Auto Body Council (NABC) Recycled Rides® program, along with car donor Hertz and CDE Collision Center–Des Plaines.

The presentation was held at CDE Collision Center – Des Plaines in Des Plaines, IL. Hertz donated the 2018 Chevrolet Malibu, and CDE Collision Center handled the repairs.


Al Amin was selected for the NABC Recycled Rides program by Family Promise Chicago North Shore, where she sought housing and assistance when facing homelessness a few years ago, and today works to help other families in need.
“Fahtina was a past guest at Family Promise Chicago North Shore after she and her family became homeless and were staying with various relatives,” said Tracey McKeithen, agency director for Family Promise Chicago North Shore. “In early 2020, she lost her husband due to sickle cell disease and organ failure. Fahtina returned to Family Promise to work part-time after the pandemic started and pay it forward by showing other guests the same hospitality that she was shown when her family was homeless.


"Fahtina purchased a car and was working to pay for it when early one morning, she received notice from a neighbor that someone hit her parked car and totaled it. Her insurance paid off the car but left her without transportation to get to work," McKeithen said. "There is limited public transportation to reach the congregations she supports, and her son has difficulty walking to school in cold weather due to his sickle cell anemia. Having reliable transportation would allow her to maintain the job that she loves at Family Promise. And continue living, working and raising her family in this community.”
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...

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