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Tuesday, 06 July 2021 10:36

Mike’s Auto Body in California’s East Bay Celebrates 21 Years of Giving Cars to Deserving Families

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U.S. Coast Guard SK2 James Souder received a completely refurbished vehicle as part of Mike’s Auto Body’s benevolence program, celebrating its 21st anniversary. U.S. Coast Guard SK2 James Souder received a completely refurbished vehicle as part of Mike’s Auto Body’s benevolence program, celebrating its 21st anniversary.

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Since the pandemic began, many auto body shops temporarily suspended the practice of giving refurbished vehicles to deserving families, which makes sense.

But, even during these uncertain times, Mike’s Auto Body in California’s East Bay is committed to continue its benevolence program, safely and within local regulations.

 

Over the last two decades, Mike’s Auto Body has presented 94 cars to deserving families and nonprofit organizations. On June 16, Mike's gave two fully refurbished vehicles to two deserving members of the Alameda GG U.S. Coast Guard.

 

A 2019 Honda Fit was given to U.S. Coast Guard SK2 James Souder, and YN3 Ryan Westall received a 2017 Toyota Prius at a ceremony on the pier adjacent to the U.S.S. Hornet in Alameda, CA.

 

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YN3 Ryan Westall received a 2017 Toyota Prius from Mike’s Auto Body at a ceremony on the pier adjacent to the U.S.S. Hornet in Alameda, CA.

 

The Honda Fit was donated by Liberty Mutual/Safeco Insurance and refurbished by the crew at Mike’s Alameda, and the Toyota Prius was donated by Mike’s Auto Body and repaired at its Antioch Auto Damage Assessment Center (ADAC) location.

 

This year’s presentation, held in the shadows of the enormous carrier, U.S.S. Hornet, and other ships, also celebrated the 101st anniversary of the establishment of the rank of chief in the Coast Guard, and marked Mike’s Auto Body’s 21st anniversary participating in the benevolence program.

 

Everything is always donated, including the cars, parts, paint, mechanical inspections, tires and one full year of insurance. The body and paint technicians donate their time and talents.

 

Due to COVID-19 and all the related restrictions, Mike’s Auto Body was not able to hold its typical presentation, but roughly 60 people were in attendance, including Coast Guard representatives, Mike’s employees---including the technicians who worked on the vehicle---business partners, vendors, local political representatives, insurance companies and the local press.

 

The program opened with remarks from Sal Contreras, who has been emceeing Mike’s benevolence presentations for two decades.

 

“It has been so rewarding over the last 21 years, presenting the cars to...


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