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Monday, 28 December 2015 23:09

Mike’s Auto Body’s Benevolence Reaches 59 Cars in 15 Years

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Nicole and Justin Cantu, a couple with four children received a 2015 Ford Focus, donated by Enterprise and refurbished by the crew at Mike’s Auto Body’s Antioch location. They are pictured with Santa (AKA Autobody News writer Ed Attanasio).

On Wednesday, December 16th, Christmas came early for four deserving families when Mike’s Auto Body gave four completely refurbished vehicles to three families and one non-profit organization at a presentation held at their Antioch, CA location. This presentation followed another car giveaway on Veteran’s Day when Mike’s Auto Body presented a staff sergeant from Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, CA and his family with a Hyundai Sonata as part of a Benevolence presentation at the Fairfield location.

The company has now given away 59 vehicles over15 years and thereby changing the lives of countless since 2001.

These four worthy recipients drove away in “nearly new” vehicles as part of Mike’s Auto Body’s Holiday Benevolence Program:

  • Nicole and Justin Cantu, a couple with four children, received a 2015 Ford Focus, donated by Enterprise and refurbished by the crew at Mike’s Auto Body’s Antioch location.
  • Cami Viramontes, a single mother with one son, received a 2014 Hyundai Elantra, donated by CSAA Insurance Group and refurbished by the crew at Mike’s Auto Body’s Fremont Street location.
  • Youth Homes, a charity organization in Pleasant Hill, received a 2008 Ford Escape HEV, donated by Farmers Insurance Group and refurbished by the crew at Mike’s Auto Body’s Brentwood location.
  • Brittany and Austin Brilz, an Army Veteran, received a 2010 Toyota Scion, donated by Safeco Insurance and refurbished by the crew at Mike’s Auto Body’s North Broadway/North Main location.

At the December 16th presentation, Wade Harper, the mayor of Antioch, thanked Mike’s Auto Body for their Benevolence program and issued a commendation for the company. The Contra Costa Fire Fighters Local 1230 was a big part of the presentation again this year by generously donating new bicycles and helmets for all the children of the recipients and Santa Claus was also again on hand.

If you’re not familiar with the Mike’s Auto Body Benevolence program, it 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 pristine “new” used vehicles. In addition to the vehicles, recipients also get a trunk load of toys, food and other essentials, as well asone year of car insurance.

Cami Viramontes and her son JJ were delighted about their “nearly new” 2014 Hyundai Elantra, donated by CSAA Insurance Group. “I can’t believe I am holding the keys to this car,” Viramontes said. “This is an amazing, life-changing experience and I still can’t really believe that this is happening. Now I won’t have to call people to arrange for rides to work—I can do it all myself!”

Justin Cantu, who received a 2015 Ford Focus, donated by Enterprise, said he won’t have to ride a bicycle (or skateboard) to work every day anymore. “Yes, I’m definitely going to give the bike a much-needed break. The people at Mike’s Auto Body are one-of-a-kind, because they want to help people. With our four kids and all of their activities, this car will soon become an important member of our family.”

Mike Rose said he is proud of his company’s Benevolence Program and all of the people they’ve helped people over the years by giving them the gift of transportation. “We feel very fortunate to be involved with such a wonderful program and are very excited to be able to give back to the community that has supported us for more than four decades,” Mike Rose said. “Repairing the vehicles is the easy part, having to decide on a recipient is the part that’s hard. After receiving hundreds of applications over the years and reading the heart-breaking stories, we only wish that we could do more. But hopefully with the increased publicity of our Benevolence Program other shops will adopt a similar program of their own.”

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