Mike’s Auto Body presented a 2013 Nissan Versa to a staff sergeant from Travis Air Force Base and his family as part of their annual Benevolence presentation on Veterans Day, November 11 at the company’s Fairfield location in California.
Now it will be much easier for Staff Sgt. Eugene Dingle of the 60th AMXS Squadron to commute to and from his new assignment at Moffett Air Base as well as getting his three daughters to and from school, thanks to his completely refurbished vehicle from Mike’s Auto Body. In addition, the Rose family gave the Dingle family one year of insurance coverage and a trunk full of gifts for the children.
The Mike’s Auto Body Benevolence program is a “community give back program” whose mission is to present cars to deserving individuals or organizations during the holiday season. Everything is donated, including the cars, parts, paint, mechanical inspections, tires and one full year of insurance. The body and paint technicians at Mike’s Auto Body donate their time and skills to turn these cars into “new” used vehicles.
This company, with 13 locations in the Bay Area, has been participating in the Benevolence Program for the last 15 years and has donated a total of 58 cars to the community during that time. Mike’s Auto Body will be presenting six fully re-furbished vehicles to people and families in need this year, with a second presentation to take place at their Antioch location in December
This year, Mike’s Auto Body partnered with the Vintage Valley Blue Star Moms of Solano County, Travis AFB and GEICO Insurance during Veteran’s Day. Special recognition goes to the Travis AFB and Family; Readiness Center; Travis Regional Armed Forces Committee; Vanden School High School Jazz Band—Director Nicholas Cagle and Pink Heals of Solano County--Natalie Zell.
Life will be considerably easier and safer now for the Dingle family with their 2013 Nissan Versa. “Eugene’s commute will be 1.5-2 hours to Moffett Air Base to fulfill his National Guard duties, so the family is going to need a good, reliable car,” Director of Marketing at Mike’s Auto Body Sal Contreras explained. “Their existing vehicle was not in great shape, so we’re delighted to be able to get them a car that they can rely on. The Dingle family is amazing, because they want to be better people and help the community through Eugene’s ministry. April and Eugene and the whole family is so grateful and so deserving and that’s why we’re honored to make them this year’s Veteran’s Day recipient.”
Owner Mike Rose said he he still gets a thrill when he sees a car going to a deserving family. “It has been so rewarding over the last 15 years presenting cars to deserving families who are working to improve their lives and become independent,” said Rose. “We feel honored to be able to do this and we will continue to do this as long as I am still around.”
Staff Sgt. Eugene Dingle couldn’t stop smiling when he saw his 2013 Nissan Versa for the first time. “This is so miraculous and I can’t believe it in many ways,” Dingle said. “The people at Mike’s Auto Body and the Rose family are incredible, because they make their benevolence program a priority every year. After receiving these blessings, I feel as though I now have a responsibility to help others—to pay it forward somehow, and that’s exactly what I am going to do.”
Special thanks to Metal Technician Sheldon Ludlow, Paint Technician Thomas Wilson, Managers Missy Trolinder and Tony Castagnetto and the rest of the crew at our Fairfield location for helping to refurbish the vehicle and also thanks to Dean’s Auto Body, Shiny Detail, Hertz, Napa Auto Parts, Enterprise, Keystone Automotive, Momentum Nissan, Fairfield Tire Center, FinishMaster, MAB Towing and The Smog King for donating parts and time to make the car just like new.