Friday, 23 July 2021 08:30

NABC Recycled Rides Program, Partners Donate Refurbished Vehicles to 4 NJ Veterans


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On July 21, four deserving New Jersey veterans were presented with refurbished vehicles to provide them independence and the ability to work and take care of their families, thanks to the National Auto Body Council (NABC) Recycled Rides program along with car donor GEICO and collision repair partners Caliber Collision Centers, Ray Mees Auto Coach and Cherry Hill Collision Center.

The presentation was held in conjunction with the NABC® Garden State Pars for Cars Golf Fundraiser at Mountain View Golf Club in Ewing Township, NJ.


The veterans were selected by New Jersey Veteran’s Network.


This event marks some 2,750 vehicles presented by NABC, including nearly 40 in the Trenton/Princeton/Ewing Township area, and more than 370 vehicles donated by GEICO.
“What an honor to recognize four deserving veterans and, along with our NABC members, present them with refurbished vehicles that provide them independence and the ability to work and care for their families,” said Bill Garoutte, president and CEO of the NABC. “Many thanks to GEICO for donating all four vehicles and to the collision repair shops for restoring them to like-new condition. To hear these veterans share their stories and the impact these vehicles will have on their lives is truly inspirational.”
Shawn Mangin, a U.S. Army veteran who served as a gunner and infantryman, received a 2016 Hyundai Sonata donated by GEICO and refurbished by Cherry Hill Collision Center. After his service in the Army, he supports a natural disaster response team.
“This will help me get the independence that I once had,” said Mangin. “The New Jersey Veterans Network really came through for me and helped me out when I needed them. Now, I try to dedicate as much time to them as I can.”
Dina Bowers, who served in the U.S. Navy on a submarine, received a 2018 Toyota Corolla donated by GEICO and repaired by Ray Mees Auto Coach. With an...

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