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Tuesday, 20 September 2022 08:56

NABC Recycled Rides® Vehicle Presented to St. Louis Veteran at CIECA CONNEX

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On Sept. 13, a U.S. Air Force veteran was presented with a vehicle to provide him the independence that comes with having his own reliable transportation, thanks to the National Auto Body Council Recycled Rides® program, along with car donor Allstate, collision repairer Caliber Collision and charity partner Missouri Veterans Endeavor.

The event was part of the Collision Industry Electronic Commerce Association (CIECA) CONNEX Annual Conference in St. Louis, MO.

Paul Barry, executive director of CIECA said, “We have been working with the NABC Recycled Rides program for several years now, and we are proud to host these amazing giftings and see the impact that our industry can have on people’s lives when we all come together for a common cause.”

Chavarria "Chevy" Harris, a U.S. Air Force veteran, received a 2021 KIA Soul, which will be essential for Harris to maintain his living independently. Harris has medical issues that do not allow him to stand for prolonged periods of time. As a result, he is unable to walk to, or stand at, a bus stop for public transportation. It is impossible for him to go grocery shopping and carry his items onto any type of public transportation.

 

Harris has relied on ridesharing services to get to and from work and medical appointments. These rides, as well as using meal delivery services, places a large financial burden on his budget. He has often had to pass on work shifts due to high prices of Uber fares.
 
The vehicle was donated by Allstate, and repaired by Caliber Collision of Fenton, MO.

 

“I want to thank everyone for this beautiful car,” said Harris. “It’s quite a surprise and shock! I greatly appreciate everyone who has contributed to making this happen.”
 
“I am incredibly touched, as a veteran myself, that the NABC reached out to us to honor our veteran Chevy Harris,” said Bill Wallace, president and executive director of Missouri Veterans Endeavor. “This is truly a game changer for him to...


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