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Tuesday, 07 September 2021 16:22

Third-Generation MSO Steps Up Philanthropy During Pandemic

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Steve Kendrick Jr., center, stepped up his company’s charitable efforts during the pandemic. Steve Kendrick Jr., center, stepped up his company’s charitable efforts during the pandemic.

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Auto body shops all over the country put their charitable efforts on hold during the pandemic for obvious reasons. But a few shops out there took the opportunity to step up and do even more, by reaching out to their local communities and finding more ways to help.

A good example is Kendrick Paint & Body, a third-generation MSO with eight locations in Georgia.

 

In 2008, owner Steve Kendrick Jr. bought the shop from his father, whose father had founded it in 1950, and decided to scale the family’s successful business. As a result, today they have eight locations with 165 employees and fix approximately 1,300 cars monthly.

 

During the pandemic, Kendrick decided to continue on the path his grandfather started.

 

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In August, Kendrick Paint & Body delivered 50 boxed lunches from Fat Man’s to the University Hospital Emergency Department.

 

Some shops put one person in charge to coordinate all of their company’s philanthropy, and that’s why Kendrick’s Operations and Marketing Specialist Carson McLaughlin is always busy.

 

“She has done an amazing job,” Kendrick said. “We find new causes and organizations in need all the time, especially here in Augusta, where we cover a large area in a fast-growing community. I tell people it’s a ‘small big town’ where everyone knows everyone. So being known for helping others, that’s huge and something we’re proud of.”

 

The business has been involved with NABC’s Recycled Rides for several years and has given away eight vehicles since entering into a partnership.

 

“NABC does a great job and the process is absolutely seamless,” Kendrick said. “They make it easy and that’s why we will keep working with them on these car presentations.”

 

Here is a lengthy list of Kendrick Paint & Body's charitable efforts:

They recently delivered 50 boxed lunches from Fat Man’s to the University Hospital Emergency Department in Augusta, with Kendrick there to assist.

 

“We thank all the health care workers giving their all during this continued pandemic,” he said.

 

A local promotional company, Showpony, designed a T-shirt for Kendrick Paint & Body, and donated $2,000 from the proceeds to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Augusta (RMCHA).

 

“Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, the RMHCA hasn’t been able to operate at full capacity due to occupancy and social distancing requirements, and they have placed some families in local hotels,” Kendrick said. “The hotels were an additional, non-budgeted item, and that’s why we’re happy to help cover some of the expense with our donation.”

 

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