Karen Carter Veal was chosen by Veterans Community Project (VCP) in Kansas City. Veal lives in “Veterans Village,” a community of tiny homes built by the VCP as transitional living for homeless veterans.
Veal currently shares a car with her son. The Coast Guard veteran needed her own transportation to become more independent.
“This car will be a blessing to two families a million times over,” said Josh Henges, clinical director at Veterans Community Project.
Veal is currently employed and plans to start school to learn medical coding next fall. The veteran was chosen to receive a NABC Recycled Rides™ vehicle from CARSTAR Metcalf Auto Body. NABC Recycled Rides™ is a community service program of the National Auto Body Council in which body shops repair and donate vehicles to agencies and families in need.
The Nissan was donated by Farmers Insurance®. The vehicle had been damaged due to a collision but had less than 30,000 miles on it. Technicians at CARSTAR Metcalf volunteered their skills to repair and refurbish the car.
“When Farmers® offered this car, I thought it was a perfect fit for the NABC Recycled Rides™ program,” said Steve Hahn, owner of CARSTAR Metcalf. “This is a great way to give back to veterans and show them appreciation.”
“Farmers Insurance is committed to serving the neighborhoods where our employees and customers live, work and play; we have a deep respect for military members and veterans as they honorably serve the nation’s community at large,” said Ron LaPointe, MSO account manager for Farmers Insurance. “Farmers feels privileged to be able to give back to a veteran.”
Employees at the Farmers’ Olathe, KS, office also donated some “extras” to the veteran for the holiday season. Additional gifts included gift cards that can be used for clothing, a car seat for her grandson and car-related items.
Many other businesses and organizations donated to make this car giveaway possible, including LKQ Mid-America, Auto Detailing, Charity Cars and the National Auto Body Council.