On Tuesday, Jan. 15, four deserving recipients from Palm Springs, CA, and their families experienced a life-changing event: the presentation of a car to provide them with independence and the ability to work, take care of their families and serve their communities, thanks to the National Auto Body Council.
The car presentations were part of the first-ever, single-day showcase called “NABC Day” for the collision repair industry, featuring the Annual Golf Fundraiser, presented by Hertz; an NABC Recycled Rides™ presentation; and the industry reception, presented by All Star Auto Lights---all held on Tuesday, Jan.15 at Tahquitz Creek Golf Club in Palm Springs.
“Our mission at the National Auto Body Council is to change and save lives by giving back to the communities where our members do business,” said Darren Huggins, chairman of the National Auto Body Council. “Through the generous contributions of our partners---the insurance companies who donate the cars, the collision repair facilities who repair them and the automotive product and service companies who provide much-needed support---we are able to help four local Palm Springs families gain new independence in their lives and confidence in their futures.”
The four families, who each have a special needs child requiring extensive medical care and support, were selected by Variety, the Children’s Charity of the Desert. Since 2007, the NABC Recycled Rides™ program has worked with Variety to present some 20 vehicles to Palm Springs-area families. The recipients included:
• For Yesenia Nicasio, caring for her 8-year-old and 12-year-old sons was challenging, but it became a roller coaster when her 6-year-old son was diagnosed with Tuberous Sclerosis. His treatments take place at Loma Linda University Medical Center Department of Pediatrics, an hour’s drive for Nicasio. Without a car to take her son to the doctor, she is dependent on her mother for transportation, which isn’t always available. Nicasio’s goal is to provide the best life for her children, own a house one day and provide happy memories of their childhood. The gift of transportation will allow her to support the future she wants for her family and provide access to the treatment her son needs. Her 2016 Toyota Corolla was donated by State Farm and the repairs were done by Ben Clymer Auto Collision Specialists. Additional partners include 1-800-Charity Cars.