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Thursday, 15 November 2018 00:02

MSO Seeks Help for Paradise, CA, Auto Body Shop Staff in Wake of Camp Fire

Written by John Huetter, Repairer Driven News
MSO Seeks Help for Paradise, CA, Auto Body Shop Staff in Wake of Camp Fire Collision Pros via Repairer Driven News


The Paradise, CA, location of the four-shop Collision Pros MSO has been destroyed by the Camp Fire raging in the California Sierra Nevada area. The owner is seeking assistance for his employees’ families.


The industry can help in one of two ways.


Collision Pros owner Brian Von Tress has created a GoFundMe page specifically for his team, seeking $30,000. As of Nov. 14 at 4:20 p.m., the shop has raised $30,500.


The Collision Industry Foundation, created specifically to help anyone connected to the collision repair ecosystem following disasters, is also in contact with Collision Pros about aid. Unlike GoFundMe donations, contributions to the CIF are tax-deductible and can be used for other businesses too.


“I’ve been overwhelmed by the number of people who have reached out asking what they can do to help,” Von Tress wrote in his GoFundMe description.


Von Tress wrote that the shop employs members of eight families who lost everything in the devastating fire. By Nov. 12 at 10:45 a.m. ET, the Camp Fire had burned 113,000 acres and was 25 percent contained. It destroyed 6,453 residences and 260 commercial structures and threatened 15,500 locations.


“I have donated to each of them and will continue to support payroll, but I can’t do this all by myself,” Von Tress wrote. “I’d love to help them meet their immediate need or for those with no insurance to make an effort to restore their lives. Please help me make a difference and show these people we are here to help.”


He vowed to donate “100 percent of these funds” to the victims. “If we could raise these funds this week, I’m sure it could change lives,” Von Tress wrote.


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Von Tress also planned to post a list of other items the families might need.


“I’m trying to help the employees through stuff,” Von Tress said in an interview Nov. 12.


The business itself is struggling too. Von Tress said he has discovered “we’re grossly underinsured” on the shop’s contents and learned that his landlord let the insurance lapse on the structure.


“There’s no building anymore,” he said.

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