Imagine the negative impact a lack of reliable transportation has on a lifestyle. Getting to work, going to the doctor, or even grabbing a quart of milk at the store becomes a challenge. Most of us probably can’t imagine existing without a car at our immediate disposal, yet the United States Bureau of Transportation estimates that over 15 million Americans have difficulty getting the transportation they need.
For this reason, the National Auto Body Council (NABC) is pleased to announce that the lives of five deserving Las Vegas families will be changed forever on Thursday, November 4, at the SEMA Show located outside of the Las Vegas Convention Center. Each of the families will receive the gift of a refurbished vehicle from NABC members through its Recycled Rides™ program. Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman will be in attendance.
This is the second time within weeks that such a donation has occurred. Five other families also received vehicles from Recycled Rides at the NACE Show that took place Tuesday, October 12 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.
Insurance companies Esurance, Allstate and State Farm generously donated the vehicles to be repaired. NABC members Sterling Collision, 911 Collision and Gerber Collision & Glass were responsible for refurbishing the vehicles.
The recipient families are all graduates of the Family Promise of Las Vegas program, a non-profit interfaith network that provides support to families in crisis.
The first family includes a mother of three that could no longer afford her apartment after being recently laid off. After only 44 days in the program she is back on her feet and the Chrysler Pacifica she received will be used to get her to her new job and her children to school.
The second recipient is a father of two boys, one of which is a special needs child. The Mazda they receive will be used to get the father to work and his boys to school.
The third recipient is a single mother of three daughters. All are honor students; one is graduating high school this year in anticipation of attending a prestigious college. Their vehicle will help keep their scholastic winning streak alive.
The fourth family consists of a couple with two children who were in the Family Promise program two years ago and were wed while in the program. Their donated Chrysler van will get mom to school and get dad to his job enabling him to maintain his perfect attendance record at work.
The fifth recipient is a single mother of two toddler daughters forced to take the bus not only to get to work, but to get her daughters to school. By receiving her recycled Acura MDX, mom will be able to breathe easier knowing that the only schedule she will now have to follow is her own.
“We’re really happy to be back in Las Vegas to give five more families the vehicles that will help provide them a fresh start,” states Recycled Rides Chairman and President of Sterling Autobody Centers, Nick Notte. “These are just ten examples of the 150 families who this year will receive the gift of reliable transportation to make better lives for themselves due to Recycled Rides and its participants. I am grateful to be part of a project that clearly illustrates the giving nature of NABC members and the collision repair industry in general.”