On Nov. 19, several San Diego collision centers teamed up with Progressive Insurance to gift two PT Cruisers, a Toyota Sienna and a Dodge Caravan at a special Recycled Rides event held at Progressive San Diego Service Center.
Participating body shops included Eurotek Autobody, Qualtech Collision, A&G Collision Center and Miller Collision. Paint suppliers, parts vendors and others who also donated products or services included Sherwin Williams Automotive Paint, Perfection Glass, Keystone/LKQ Parts, Rancho Chrysler Auto Group, Quality Plus Parts, Snyders Electrical, AB Mobile Glass, Central Auto Wrecking Parts, Safelite Auto Glass and 1800 Radiator. Enterprise Rent-A-Car also donated to this special event to help those in need.
Charities receiving the special gift of a vehicle were National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Calvary Chapel Church, Historic Bario Logan District and a local San Diego family.
National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS) received a 2000 Toyota Sienna, and Angela Northrup, senior director, said that receiving the vehicle before the holidays was a great blessing. NMSS has a vehicle loan program where families living with MS can borrow the vehicles to get to doctor appointments.
“The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is an organization that I hold close to my heart,” said Mark Tyler, owner of Qualtech Collision. “My mother-in-law, Lillian Sedgwick, has MS. When you have a family member that has MS, you see how it affects your entire family. You want to do everything you can to get involved so no other family is affected by MS. My wife and I do all we can to fundraise, get involved, and donate in means to helping in finding a cure. This donation will create a better quality of life for a local family. I am happy to help and very thankful to all the vendors that helped support in this project.”
The event marked San Diego Progressive Insurance's first annual participation with the national Recycled Rides program.
Anna Bevier, claims center manager, stated that she was overwhelmed with the generosity of all the collision shops and vendors who participated. “The local automotive community came together and made this event memorable for all,” she said.