Tuesday, 23 December 2014 00:00

Grass Valley, NV Body Shop Donates Refurbished Cars to Families in Need

Jennifer Crumrine had been relying on her sister, Adrienne, for transportation since her car was stolen two years ago.

Crumrine, a mother of three, told Ivan Natividad of theunion.com that she was constantly stressed about making it to work, doctor’s appointments, and school functions.

The thirty-nine year old’s worries ended on December 16 when her and her family received a 2002 Dodge Grand Caravan, which had been restored by Chris’ Collision.

Shop owners Mark and Samantha Landon worked with the Interfaith Food Ministry to find families in need of vehicles. Local pastors sent the couple applications from deserving families. Samantha said the requests made her wish they could’ve given away more vehicles, and they will continue to donate cars for future holiday seasons. 

Farmers Insurance donated the Caravan. The second vehicle, a wrecked 1999 Honda Passport, came from a customer who didn’t want it anymore and who sold it to them, reported Natividad. The shop put up to $4,000 worth of labor into each vehicle to get them repaired in time for the donations.

Lane moved from Massachusetts to Nevada County in July 2014 to get out of a bad relationship and start fresh with her young child. She had only a few dollars in her pocket. Lane, 38, recently started working at Pacific Gas and Electric, and is excited to have transportation to and from work, and to make her and her child’s life easier overall.

The Passport’s tires were donated by Grass Valley’s Les Schwab Tire Center.

One full year of car insurance is being granted to each recipient by Ed and Wanda Mertens of Nevada City’s Farmers Insurance.

Co-owner of Grass Valley auto shop John Volz Jr. also donated a vehicle to a local family. He put $2,500 worth of repairs into the worn out car to make the recipient’s Christmas wish come true.

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