Pacific Collision Center of Cathedral City, CA, recently provided a 2011 Toyota Camry to a Coachella family in desperate need of transportation.
The giveaway, held in conjunction with the NABC Golf Fundraiser in Palm Springs on Jan. 23, was coordinated through Pacific Collision Centers and the Recycled Rides program.
“We had both the honor and pleasure to gift a vehicle to a needy family in the Palm Springs area,” said Steven Vettel, owner of Pacific Collision Centers. “Our director of marketing, Martha Serna, worked with Recycled Rides, along with local charities, Variety of the Desert and Angel View, to help facilitate the gifting of a 2011 Toyota Camry to Beatriz Alfaro,” Vettel said.
“This was the second year in a row that we’ve participated in the Palm Springs Recycled Rides vehicle gifting. This year we were able to get the support of Costal Comprehensive Insurance in Walnut, CA, to provide a six-month insurance policy,” Vettel said.
Other sponsors and supporters included Hertz Rent-A-Car, Costal Comprehensive Insurance, The Elite Group, Single Source Inc., PPG, Complete Plus, Toyota of Puente Hills, Superior Plating & Bumpers, Certified Glass.
The recipient is a single mother of eight children, and coincidentally received the new car on her birthday. Beatriz Alfaro and her family were selected for the car giveaway due to their lack of transportation which truly created a hardship.
Three of Mrs. Alfaro’s children, ages 7, 13 and 20, live at home. The 13-year-old boy, Miguelito, was born with cerebral palsy and spinal bifida. Last year, twenty-year-old Ashley was involved in a horrible car accident and was left with brain damage. She is currently in both physical and speech therapy. Both Ashley and Miguelito require the use of wheelchairs. To get to their specialists and therapists appointments three times a week in Moreno Valley, they must get up at 4:30 a.m. to take four buses, and don’t return home until 7 p.m.
“Pacific Collision Centers is committed to the Recycled Rides program,” said Vettel. “Providing a vehicle to a family in need is a very rewarding experience for our entire staff and we look forward to participating for years to come.”
Established in 1987, Pacific Collision Centers operates six collision repairs centers in Fullerton, Covina, Downey, Ontario, Cathedral City and Escondido.