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Thursday, 11 August 2022 10:11

Atlanta Single Mother Receives Reliable Transportation Courtesy of NABC Recycled Rides®, GEICO, Classic Collision

Written by Victoria Antonelli
The famous GEICO Gecko accompanies Sophia Watson, center, and Nicole Watson, right, as they pose with their refurbished 2021 Nissan Versa. The famous GEICO Gecko accompanies Sophia Watson, center, and Nicole Watson, right, as they pose with their refurbished 2021 Nissan Versa.

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On Aug. 10, Nicole Watson and her 6-year-old daughter, Sophia, received a refurbished 2021 Nissan Versa courtesy of the National Auto Body Council (NABC) Recycled Rides® program, along with car donor GEICO and repairer Classic Collision Sandy Springs in Georgia.

Watson is a recent graduate of the Atlanta-based nonprofit Every Woman Works, founded by Tillie O’Neal-Kyles in 2004. According to the organization’s website, Every Woman Works helps women in challenging situations transition from “dependency to self-sufficiency.”

 

“I founded Every Woman Works on the premise that instead of giving women fish and only feeding them for a day, we teach them how to fish, so they can feed themselves, their children and their communities,” said O’Neal-Kyles, who attended the event.

 

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The NABC Recycled Rides event on Aug. 10 took place at Classic Collision in Sandy Springs, GA. Multiple vendors, businesses and charities came together to provide donations and refurbish a 2021 Nissan Versa for Nicole Watson and her daughter Sophia.

 

O’Neal-Kyles said Watson missed out on a job opportunity due to lack of transportation. Shortly after, Nora DePalma, president and CEO of Dialogue Marketing, contacted O’Neal-Kyles to see if she had any candidates for the NABC Recycled Rides program. O’Neal-Kyles said she immediately pitched Watson, and soon after, DePalma confirmed Watson as the recipient.

 

“I’m so grateful for this gift; in disbelief, but grateful,” Watson said. “It has been a long journey. There were moments I wanted to give up, but at the end of the day my daughter needs me and depends on me. That’s why I’m so thankful for what Every Women Works has taught me, and now this! I can’t believe it.”

 

Watson added that her car, which came with a trunk full of goodies and a brand new bike for Sophia, not only provides Watson with reliable transportation, but also allows her to aid other women.

 

“This has been an absolutely amazing experience," said J.R.Carter, GEICO salvage analyst. “Donating vehicles to the Recycled Rides program is a way we can...


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