The lives of six deserving families in Phoenix, AZ, will be changed with the gift of a refurbished car through the National Auto Body Council (NABC) and its Recycled Rides program.
The vehicles were donated by six Phoenix area collision centers affiliated with the Van Tuyl Group, Inc.
The families received their new vehicles during an event held Dec. 17 at Camelback Toyota, one of six local area dealership collision centers affiliated with the Van Tuyl Group, Inc.
The six local collision centers that donated their labor to refurbish the vehicles are:
• ABC Collision Center
• Collision Center of Peoria
• Bell Collision Center
• Camelback Toyota Collision Center
• Midway Collision Center
• Van Collision Center
Companies that made contributions to the vehicle giftings include Enterprise Rent-A-Car, LKQ Corporation, 3M, PPG, Travelers Insurance, Wal-Mart, Jiffy Lube, Shell Oil, Cobblestone Auto Spa, Lakeshore Learning Center, Airpark Tint, All-City Towing, Valley Towing and many other sponsors.
“We’re happy to give these families the reliable transportation that can help provide them a fresh start,” said Recycled Rides Co-Chairman Jim Ocampo of DuPont Performance Coatings. “We’re also very pleased to be able to say that the Phoenix gifting represents only a small fraction the 150 families that received vehicles this year through Recycled Rides. It’s great to be part of a project that clearly illustrates the giving nature of NABC members and the collision repair industry at large.”
Recycled Rides is a national initiative through which National Auto Body Council members—men and women putting their superior craftsmanship to benevolent use—refurbish donated vehicles and gift them to families in need and organizations dedicated to assisting others. The program is an intra-industry effort, so in addition to body shops donating their labor, insurers, paint suppliers, parts vendors and rental car companies are recruited to contribute.
“At its most basic, the goal of Recycled Rides is to help people help themselves,” noted Rafael Hinojos, collision business development director for the Van Tuyl Group.
“And all of the industry segments commit to playing a part in seeing that happens. Most that participate find it a life-changing experience,” he said.