On Dec. 12, 2018, Christmas came a little early for five deserving families as Mike's Auto Body and local companies worked together to make life a little easier for those less fortunate.
Last year’s slogan was "A Gift of Charity Wrapped in Dignity" as Mike's Auto Body commemorated a donation total of 79 cars from 2000--2018 through its nationally acclaimed Benevolence Program.
Each year, the collision repair industry as a whole comes across cars that are “written off” by either the owner or the insurance company. Oftentimes, these are older vehicles that just need some mechanical and body work to get them back on the road in a safe condition. Because Mike’s Auto Body believes these cars are going to waste when there are people who really need them, the shop decided to do something about it.
Mike’s Auto Body’s Benevolence Program is a community relations program designed to generate goodwill at the local level while improving and promoting the image of the collision repair industry. The program’s mission is to “present refurbished ‘new’ used cars to deserving individuals or organizations during the holiday season.”
CSAA Insurance Group, Farmers Insurance, State Farm Insurance, Liberty/Safeco Insurance and Enterprise Rent-A-Car participated in last December’s presentation by donating “written-off” vehicles, which were then given away to five deserving families.
Two hundred people attended the vehicle presentations at Mike's Auto Body's ADAC facility in Antioch, CA, on a day filled with sunshine and Christmas spirit. The day always starts with a hearty welcome from Benevolence Ambassador Sal Contreras, followed by an invocation by Pastor Felix Golden. A flag presentation then followed from the Mt. Diablo JROTC Color Guard. “America the Beautiful” was played by bagpiper Kristopher Muse, and then Sandie Browne sang the National Anthem. Mike's Auto Body’s director of marketing, Dane Dearlove, then spoke about “Who We Are” and how Mike’s continues to give back to the community, followed by welcoming remarks from Antioch's Mayor Sean Wright before the five car presentations took place.