The luck of two deserving Tampa Bay area residents changed for the better Friday, March 13.
Both experienced a life-transforming event---the presentation of vehicles to provide them the independence to work and take care of their families---thanks to the National Auto Body Council Recycled Rides program, along with car donors Allstate and vehicle repairer CARSTAR Autobody Resurrection.
The vehicle presentation marked a major milestone for the National Auto Body Council---the 2,500th NABC Recycled Ride presented to a deserving recipient since the program began 13 years ago.
To date, the program has mobilized thousands of recipients and their families, helping them reclaim their independence, confidence and self-reliance. The value of the 2,500 donated vehicles is approximately $36 million.
The 2,500th NABC Recycled Rides presentation was held at CARSTAR Autobody Resurrection in Lakeland, FL.
“It is truly amazing to have experienced hundreds of presentations of NABC Recycled Rides over the years, and to culminate with this gifting of the 2,500th vehicle today in Lakeland, FL,” said Bill Garoutte, president and CEO of the National Auto Body Council. “We are honored to recognize these two deserving recipients today as part of our 2,500th presentation celebration, and are proud to have played a part in helping thousands of other families achieve independence through reliable transportation over the years.”
“As a company dedicated to being ‘a force for good’ in the communities we proudly serve, Allstate is honored to donate the vehicles that will not only transport, but ultimately, transform the lives of these deserving individuals,” said Mary Haban, senior communications consultant for Allstate. “We are honored to partner with NABC Recycled Rides for this momentous milestone and look forward to changing even more lives with additional vehicle donations in the years to come.”
The deserving recipient of the 2,500th vehicle was Temisha Stockton, a single mother with two young children. She was nominated by Manatee Hope.
The Bradenton, FL, native is caring for both children’s speech and physical therapy needs, and working her way to independence. The family just moved into their apartment several weeks ago and are very excited to have their own place. This will be the first car for Stockton.
“This means everything to me,” said Stockton. “This will make a tremendous difference in getting my kids to their therapy and doctors’ appointments, running errands and managing our lives. Now, I can get them to daycare, and that means I can go back to work. I used to work in a nursing home and really enjoyed that. I’m hoping to return to work in that area so I can continue to provide for my kids.”
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