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Wednesday, 25 March 2020 16:18

U.S. Air Force Veteran Receives Car Through NABC Recycled Rides Program

 U.S. Air Force veteran Melanie Harris recently received a refurbished 2013 VW Jetta. U.S. Air Force veteran Melanie Harris recently received a refurbished 2013 VW Jetta. Scott Roth


Keri Coach Works, along with GEICO Insurance and Nassau BOCES Barry Career and Technical School, recently donated a refurbished car to Melanie Harris, a decorated U.S. Air Force veteran in need of reliable transportation, as part of the National Auto Body Council Recycled Rides® program. 

After Harris’s Air Force career, she pursued her passion for health and fitness by obtaining the necessary education and training to assist those with special needs through movement and exercise.


This donation will provide Harris the independence and ability to succeed in her career and give her the means necessary to continue to help her community.


The presentation was held Feb. 29 at Keri Coach Works in Westbury, NY.


GEICO donated the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta through the Driving 4 Change Charity, as part of the NABC Recycled Rides® program. Nassau BOCES Barry Tech teamed up with Keri Coach Works to refurbish the car.


Sponsors included Tire Town of Rockville Center, which donated four new tires and oil changes for life; VW Platinum of Hicksville, which donated a spare key; Parkway Car Stereo of North Babylon, which donated an automatic start feature; Enterprise, which provided a gas card; and Personal Touch Car Wash, which donated a detail on the car.


Randy Pullman, president of Keri Coach Works, said the collision repair shop was challenged a year ago by its peers at a national conference to participate in the NABC Recycled Rides® program. The shop responded by enlisting the help of Nassau BOCES Barry Technical School students to refurbish the VW, donated by GEICO.

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