Friday, 02 September 2022 11:24

GST BOCES Holds Gifting Ceremony, Gives Mom in Need a Car


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A gifting ceremony was held for a local mother in need thanks to the Greater Southern Tier BOCES, GEICO and the National Auto Body Council (NABC) Recycled Rides program.

That mom is Brenda Martinez from Steuben County, NY. She was presented with a refurbished 2018 Toyota RAV 4. Pro Action of Steuben and Yates, who offer a variety of services to families in need, selected her as the recipient.


When Martinez got the call informing her she was the recipient, she said she couldn't believe it, her prayers were answered.


"I'm like super excited, I started crying," Martinez said.


She was super shocked when she got the phone call she would be receiving a car.


"I didn't say much and when I got off the phone I was just staring out the window, like I didn't know what just happened," Martinez said.


Martinez is a mom with two kids, a 7-year-old daughter and a 5-month-old son, both with special needs. Her son recently had surgery. She also works and attends school full-time. This car is a life changer and lifesaver, as she pays $800 in cabs a month to get around.


"I live up in the countryside so I have to call for cabs to go where I needed to go, and I was paying an arm and a leg for cabs. And on top of that, with my son and my daughter having to go see a specialist because of their special needs, I would have to call an ambulance, and sometimes an ambulance took 45 minutes just to get to me," Martinez said.


Martinez received the car through the Recycled Rides program, part of the NABC, an organization that works with the collision industry. They partner with collision facilities and insurance companies like GEICO, which donated the car. The car parts were donated by...

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