Local U.S. Army veteran Gary Griffin served eight years, two tours of duty in Panama and Iraq, only to come back to Texas and have his life smashed by an uninsured motorist.
His luck is changed, however, when he was presented with a practically brand new car from Caliber Collision and Travelers Insurance as part of its nationwide Recycled Rides program. The vehicle unveiling was Thursday, October 30 at the Caliber Collision center in Frisco, TX, 6440 Preston Rd.
Caliber Collision’s Recycled Rides program partners with insurance companies to refurbish and donate cars to individuals in need. Travelers, a leading provider of property casualty insurance, donated the vehicle that was refurbished by Caliber’s Frisco center associates who volunteered personal time to repair the vehicles as a way to give back to the communities they serve.
Griffin, a single father of an eight-year-old son, was one block from home in Bedford when an uninsured driver ran a stop sign and slammed into him. Griffin suffered severe spinal cord injuries from the accident last December and has been hospitalized and undergoing therapy ever since. The accident totaled his only vehicle and devastated his life, leaving him unable to work, unable to pay bills, rent and close to eviction.
A Dallas–based veteran support organization, Once In A Lifetime, stepped in to help with temporary financial support and nominated Griffin as a recipient for Caliber Collision’s Recycled Rides program.
“We wish Mr. Griffin continued success with his recovery from his painful accident, and hope this Recycled Rides gift will help restore the quality of life for both him and his son,” said Steve Grimshaw, Caliber Collision Chief Executive Officer. “Our purpose at Caliber is to restore our customers to the rhythm of their lives and we hope this Recycled Ride vehicle will do the same for Gary.”
“The Recycled Rides program provides us with a unique way to say thank you to Gary for his service to our country,” said Ken Pond, Vice President of Claim at Travelers. “Travelers has a proud history of supporting our local communities and we’re pleased to work with Caliber Collision on this project which enables us to give back to a U.S. military veteran.”
This Caliber Collision Recycled Ride gifting represents the 15th gifting of refurbished vehicles across the western U.S. in 2014. Caliber Collision plans on gifting more than 20 vehicles over 2014 to military and first responders as a way to give back to the communities that Caliber serves.