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Friday, 08 June 2018 23:05

Recycled Rides Donates Vehicle to OEF Veteran in NY

OEF Veteran Connor Kirk receives his new 2013 Toyota Prius. OEF Veteran Connor Kirk receives his new 2013 Toyota Prius.

In honor of Military Appreciation Month, an Operation Enduring Freedom Army veteran was gifted a 2013 Toyota Prius by the National Auto Body Council’s Recycled Rides™ program. 

Connor Kirk served in Afghanistan until 2016. When he returned to Long Island, NY, he endured struggles with being back in the states, which many veterans experience. Eager to move forward, he was able to get in contact with the Northport VA Medical Center, which assisted him with many of the necessities to get back on his feet. Many veterans face struggles that society is not aware of, and Kirk conquered those with great strength.

The National Auto Body Council’s Recycled Rides™ program allows multiple organizations to come together and give a helping hand to somebody in need. The National Auto Body Council (NABC) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the mission of developing, implementing and promoting community-based initiatives that exemplify the professionalism and integrity of the collision industry.

Kirk is a young man who is constantly striving to get better and progress in the world. He works two jobs and is constantly helping anyone he can. He has a bright future ahead of him with plans for college and a new career within the next few years. 

“This is just a blessing,” he said. “I can’t take the smile off my face!"

The Collision Centers, along with Driving 4 Change, hosted the Recycled Rides™ event, but it could not have happened without the participating organizations: Allstate insurance donated the vehicle; The Collision Centers of Patchogue repaired the Toyota Prius; Driving 4 Change Foundation heard Kirk’s story  and donated the title and registration; Collision Diagnostic, Apple Honda, Pro Tech Locksmith and Kemperle Paint donated parts and services; Enterprise Rent-A-Car donated refreshments; and the event was hosted at Village of Patchogue Fire Department. 

“It is always amazing to me that so many people and organizations come together to do good. It makes NABC’s Recycled Rides™ program such a great thing to be a part of. Watching the smile on the recipient’s face makes it all worth it,” said Madison Larson, HR manager at The Collision Centers.

The event is a time for everyone to come together and make a positive impact in a person’s life. Members of the community, including Councilman Neil Foley, State Assemblyman Dean Murray, Suffolk County Legislature Robert Calarco, Beth Hanlon of Riverhead Allstate and Kourtney Bevis of PMYCS were present to show support to Kirk and the Recycled Rides program.

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