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Wednesday, 24 April 2019 18:05

NABC Recycled Rides Donates 2 Refurbished Cars to Orlando, FL, Residents

On Friday, April 12, two deserving Orlando, FL, residents experienced a life-changing event: the presentation of vehicles to provide them independence and the ability to work and take care of their families.


The donation was made possible thanks to the National Auto Body Council’s Recycled Rides™ program; car donors GEICO and State Farm; and collision repair partners CARSTAR Autobody Resurrection of Lakeland, FL, and Gerber Collision of Sanford, FL. The presentation was held as part of the United Recyclers Group Conference, held at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress in Orlando.


“NABC Recycled Rides™ is the ultimate life-changing gift of many possibilities,” said Patti Haverda, committee chair of the URG Scholarship Foundation Review Committee. “It allows the recipients’ hope and independence with the ownership of their own vehicle. This year's awardees are both veterans living at The Transition House in Orlando, FL. They both had been homeless addicts down on their luck until they received the treatment, support and counseling to get them back to a productive lifestyle. With the ownership of their new rides, both have a better chance of managing their second chance at life, very similar to their recycled cars.”


Joseph O’Brien, a Gulf War veteran, was presented a 2017 Nissan Altima that was donated by GEICO and repaired by Gerber Collision of Sanford, FL. The charity, The Transition House, selected O’Brien as a thank you for his efforts to help other residents at The Transition House and be a positive role model. The vehicle will help him pursue employment and continue to improve his life.


“I am honored to have been selected by The Transition House for this great program,” said O’Brien. “If it were not for them and this vehicle, I may have given up all hope. Thank you to everyone for this help up.”


Lenward Elliot, a Marine Corps veteran, received a 2014 Ford Focus donated by State Farm and repaired by CARSTAR Autobody Resurrection of Lakeland, FL. The Transition House honored Elliot for the positive steps he has taken to overcome homelessness and addiction. He plans to use his new vehicle to return to college and continue working his two jobs.


“It is unbelievable that I am here today and have been selected to receive a vehicle to help me on my path to a more normal life,” said Elliott.


Additional partners on the NABC Recycled Rides™ program include LKQ, Keystone, ARC Towing, Auto Glass of Mid Florida, Ben's Paint & Supply, J&B Auto Upholstery, Lakeland Auto Supply and 1-800-Charity Cars.

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