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Wednesday, 22 August 2012 23:17

Austin Single Mom Receives Van from Recycled Rides

A single mom of six children, ages 4–13, has a lot of back-to-school supplies to buy, but getting the gift of transportation—a new set of wheels courtesy of the Recycled Rides program—is perhaps the best item on her list.

Andrea Brown of Austin, TX, received keys to a newly refurbished 2010 Dodge Grand Caravan at a presentation at Caliber Collision’s South Lamar center, attended by Texas State Rep. Elliott Naishtat and a large crowd of well-wishers.

As part of the Recycled Rides program, the van was donated by State Farm and refurbished by Caliber Collision team members who volunteered their time to repair the vehicle as well as collect gift certificates, toys and other gifts for the Brown family.     Recycled Rides is a nationwide community service project by the National Auto Body Council in which collision repair companies and insurers collaborate to repair and donate recycled vehicles to families and service organizations in need.

Brown had to rely on public transportation and the generosity of friends for her family’s everyday transportation needs. Now, Brown can fully participate and support her children’s various extracurricular activities.

“Just knowing I now have reliable transportation for my family gives me so much peace,” said Brown, who was initially speechless when she first saw the vehicle. “I am so thankful to Caliber collision, State Farm, and for all these people who took the time to help my family, giving us this car and all the gifts and toys for the kids, too.”

“We commend Ms. Brown for her determination and focus on education as a way to ensure a better future for her children,” said Rusty Barsanti, Caliber Collision Vice President of Operations. “Caliber’s highest purpose is to restore our customers to the rhythm of their lives. We are honored to support Ms. Brown’s goals with this gift of reliable transportation and hope it serves as a catalyst to restore the Brown family to the rhythm of their lives too.”

Other local businesses that donated parts, materials and service towards the vehicle include Allen Samuels Dodge, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Sikkens/Akzo Nobel, Keystone Automotive, Miles Tire and Wheel, Star of Texas Auto glass and Genter’s Detail Services. This vehicle is the 8th of more than 12 Recycled Rides that the company plans to donate this year.


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