Friday, 30 November 2007 09:00

Tucson Single Mom gets Recycled Ride

This time of year lots of folks go out of their way to do nice things for others.  And, here in Tucson, a national program called Recycled Rides sure put a smile on the face of a single mother and her children.


Nine year old Jonathan is beside himself, climbing around, checking out his mother's new white mini van.

Jaime Trudel says, "My son already claimed the back seat.  And they've already named the van 'The Polar Bear'."

For the first time in his life, Jonathan's mother has a reliable car.  She says, "I've had cars before, but not one that I could depend upon."

Trudel is a single parent with two young children and a job as a marketing assistant.  But she went without a car until businesses and charities got together and gave her one.   It's called a Recycled Ride. GEICO Insurance donated the vehicle.  911 Collision Centers repaired and painted it.

A.J. Ciha, of GEICO Insurance, says, "This is one of our theft recoveries.  It was recovered in relatively good condition.  [Then we] had to do some work on it."

Jose Luna, of 911 Collision Centers, says his staff, "Replaced the brakes, put new tires on it, and [did] some paint work on some of the dents that were on there."

Then Casas Adobes Rotary filled the vehicle with gifts.  Mark Mitchell, Rotary president, says, "[Jaime is] just a wonderful person, somebody who really wants to lift herself up by the bootstraps and just get on with life and be a take charge mom."

Trudel says, "Praise God.  It's only through God's grace that I've been blessed this way."

Trudel's gift is part of a national program called Recycled Rides, where members of the National Auto Body Council repair and donate vehicles to families in need.