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Monday, 22 December 2014 00:00

Domestic Violence Survivor in KS Receives Gift of Transportation

The holiday giving season began early when a domestic violence survivor received keys to a four-door sedan intended to improve her life.

A 2007 Chrysler 300 was donated to Megan Chamberlain, a single mother from Wichita, as part of the National Auto Body Council's “Recycled Rides” program.  

CARSTAR Collision Specialists repaired and refurbished the car that State Farm Insurance had donated.

Catholic Charities selected Chamberlain from their Harbor House program for the car donation. “I feel like this is still all a dream,” Chamberlain said. “I am so grateful to be chosen for this gift and am truly speechless.”

“When CARSTAR Collision Specialists approached us about the Recycled Rides project, we were very excited,” said Joyce Mahoney, Harbor House program director.  “Providing reliable transportation to a hard-working woman so she can better her life fits our mission of building strong families.”

Chamberlain’s current vehicle has extremely high mileage and constant mechanical problems. Chamberlain, currently earning her teaching degree, needs a reliable transportation for school, work and daily errands.

“We are so excited for this opportunity for Megan,” Mahoney said.  “She really needs a dependable form of transportation.  Megan has incredible internal drive to make life happen for herself and her young child.“

Steven Fielding, general manager for CARSTAR Collision Specialists, stated body shops frequently see cars that are written-off or totaled by either the owner or the insurance company and sent to salvage yards.

“Many times all these vehicles need is some body work, mechanical repairs or TLC to get them road ready and safe to drive,“ Fielding said.   “We are grateful that State Farm Insurance generously donated a salvage car for our shop to repair.”

The Chrysler had been in a minor collision and was in a local salvage yard.  The staff at CARSTAR Collision Specialists West volunteered their time to repair this car.

Fielding said this is the second time that CARSTAR has partnered with Catholic Charities on a Recycled Rides project. “Repairing this car has been a labor of love.  Our staff worked hard to make the donation a reality,“ Fielding said.

“Recycled Rides provides a great opportunity for State Farm to be a good neighbor and meet a need in our community,” said Kevin Gamble, State Farm community specialist.  “We are pleased to be able to make this exciting donation possible.”

Fielding said many other businesses donated parts and services to make the vehicle giveaway possible. Businesses that donated parts and services were:  LKQ Corporation, Keystone Automotive Industries,  Cintas, The Windshield Shop, Scholfield Honda, Parks Motors,  Auto Zone and Arrow Wrecker.

The Chrysler was decorated with a huge red bow and given away Thursday Nov 20that a luncheon held at the CARSTAR location at 606 N. Webb Road.

Harbor House is a shelter for abused women and their children.  Catholic Charities of Wichita started the shelter in 1992 to help women break the cycle of domestic violence.

NABC estimates nearly $4 million worth of vehicles were donated through Recycled Rides in 2014.

To learn more, visit www.nationalautobodycouncil.org/programs/recycled-rides.

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