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Monday, 01 October 2018 21:29

NABC Coordinates Vehicle Donation for Norfolk, VA, Mother of 4

Written by Sharon Freeman, The Virginian-Pilot
Elijah Hodges gives his mom, Anjenette, a tutorial on how to drive her new car, refurbished and donated through the United Way by GEICO and Hall | Mile One Automotive Group. Elijah Hodges gives his mom, Anjenette, a tutorial on how to drive her new car, refurbished and donated through the United Way by GEICO and Hall | Mile One Automotive Group. Dave Potvin

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Recycled Rides is a nationwide community service program that focuses on vehicle and parts recycling. Members of NABC repair and donate recycled vehicles to families and service organizations. Recycled Rides recruits collision repairers, insurers, paint suppliers, parts vendors and others to refurbish the vehicles.

 

The JM&A Group, an extended warranty provider, donated a one-year extended warranty on Hodges’ vehicle. GEICO, Hall | MileOne Autogroup, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and local participating vendors donated gifts, gas cards, groceries and more.

 

Following the presentation of the car title, Hodges, who is also a minister, belted out a hymn of praise, thanking everyone who helped put her life back on track. Accompanying Hodges at the event were her daughter Precious, 16, and her adult son Elijah.

 

“I am most excited about driving to the grocery store and not having to haul bags of groceries on the bus,” Hodges said. “This will open up a whole new world for my family and me.

 

“I can take people to church, get to my doctor appointments, see my grandchildren and volunteer with the United Way. Now I can visit my father in New Jersey, who I haven’t been able to see in years.”

 

With solid transportation, Hodges is moving toward self-sufficiency. Her next move is to develop a steady income. A talented seamstress and designer, Hodges hopes to one day open her own business, which she has already dubbed the Glory Boutique.

 

Lance Carson, Hall’s director of collision centers and parts operations, said it felt amazing to help.

 

“It is definitely not work, because we get so much out of it. Hall is proud to be part of this group effort that will impact the life of someone like Anjenette,” he said.

 

He said it was the sixth time the dealership has partnered with GEICO to refurbish and gift an automobile.

 

According to GEICO spokeswoman Toiya Adair Sosa, the whole experience was humbling.

 

“It is not often you can give back by changing the trajectory of someone’s future,” she said.


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