On Nov. 8, Mike’s Auto Body celebrated Veteran's Day at its Fairfield, CA, location a few days early by presenting two completely refurbished vehicles to active military families who are stationed at Travis Air Force Base.
It was all part of Mike’s annual Benevolence program, which is a community relations program whose mission is to present refurbished “new” used cars to deserving individuals or organizations in conjunction with NABC™ Recycled Rides® and local businesses.
Both of the Benevolence vehicles were covered and adorned with red, white, and blue bows as more than 100 business partners, vendors, local political representatives, Mike’s employees, and insurance companies were on hand for the presentation.
U.S. Air Force Veteran Chris Coffle received a 2018 KIA Soul that was donated by Hertz and refurbished by the crew at the Vallejo, CA, shop location. In addition, TSgt. Carlos Carvagal Molina received a 2016 Toyota Forerunner that was donated by USAA Insurance and refurbished by the crew at the Fairfield, CA, shop location.
Coffelt, married and with two daughters, wrote a brief one-page application letter that made an impact with all of the people at Mike’s Auto Body. “Owning a reliable car means … FREEDOM,” Coffelt wrote. “It means I’m free of worry, free to be safe, and free of the financial burden that owning an unreliable car brings. I currently own a 2004 Mazda 6 with over 160,000 miles—it drives, but it has many issues, and it makes me nervous driving on the highway. Whether our family or another military family receives a free car, it’s a blessing what you’re doing for the military community.”
“Normally I would have been happy with free pancakes and a car wash on Veterans Day,” Coffelt said.
Getting a car, he said, takes it to a whole new level.
Molina is an active duty Air Force member who has been serving our country for 12 years now. His family includes a wife, mother-in-law and daughter. When he found out his mother-in-law had cancer, Molina and his family moved to Northern California. Their lives changed, because now they’re able to take care of their mother-in-law as she takes chemotherapy treatments.