The family was nominated by Variety the Children’s Charity of the Desert, which is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and protecting the health and well-being of underprivileged and special needs children in the Coachella Valley. The organization works closely with low income families.
The beneficiary of the car was Jennifer Gutierrez, a mother of a two-year-old boy named Angel who was diagnosed with a condition called as Arthogryposis Multiplex Congenita. Angel’s arms dangle at his sides along and he has very little leg mobility.
Without transportation of their own, Jennifer was forced to take public transportation from Coachella to Loma Linda’s Children’s Hospital multiple times a week for his treatment.
Pacific Collision Centers and The Elite Group collaborated with some trusted partners that felt compelled to help in any way possible. With the assistance of Central Ford in South Gate, PPG, Single Source Inc., Mr. C’s Towing, K&P Automotive and Keystone we were able to repair the minor damage on the vehicle. As an added bonus Mercury Insurance provided an extended vehicle warranty to 100,000 miles.
Additional supporters offered gift and gas cards; they included Davis & Madden Insurance Agency, GP Brown Insurance Agency, Costal Comprehensive Insurance and Agency Manor Insurance Agency. Angel view of the Desert donated a car seat and stroller that were specifically made for children with disabilities.
Said Pacific Collision Centers owner Steve Vettel, “Once you experience the pure excitement and energy of gifting a vehicle to a family in need you’re absolutely committed to the program. Having the opportunity to work with our great team members and business partners to make this happen is truly rewarding. It’s my hope that every shop owner would participate in a Recycled Rides event in their community.”