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Monday, 01 April 2019 21:41

NABC Recycled Rides, Charlotte Checkers Team Up to Surprise Air Force Vet With Car in NC

Written by Nicholas Niedzielski, Charlotte Checkers
NABC Recycled Rides, Charlotte Checkers Team Up to Surprise Air Force Vet With Car in NC Jacob Kupferman/Charlotte Checkers


Keffer Hyundai and Caliber Collision joined forces to provide the car and restore it for Perry.


“At Caliber Collision, we strive to change the image of the collision repair industry and strive to be a big part of the community,” said Brandon Hawkins, VP of operations at Caliber Collision. “When we teamed up with Veteran’s Bridge and GEICO to make this happen, we thought the best thing we could do for Carissa---obviously you can see the joy and the happiness it brought her. That’s what hits us down to the core.”


“The people from Caliber approached us and told us about this program,” said Jim Keffer. “We are huge fans of veterans and people in our military, so this was a no-brainer for us. I was really proud of my guys for stepping up and providing the parts.”


The Checkers are proud to be a part of the effort, which brought together companies from across Charlotte to help benefit a great cause.


“A lot of people made a lot of sacrifices to bring this together,” said Phelps. “What is very uncommon about this donation is that it was a surprise to Carissa. We’ve really kind of kept up with Carissa’s life over the last few months through Steve and Blake at Veteran’s Bridge, so it’s been great to get weekly updates on how she’s doing and hearing her story progress, knowing how badly she needed this car and how big an impact this could make on her life.”


“To me, it’s indicative of Charlotte,” said Bourne. “Charlotte is an amazing community, and to have as many organizations step up for this as [they] did shows the value that we put behind people that served our country. I’m really impressed and appreciative of the support of our community partners.”


We thank Charlotte Checkers for reprint permission.

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