Shawn (who has asked to remain anonymous) and his two-year-old daughter accepted the vehicle loaded with food, household items, gift cards, Utah Jazz tickets and a new car seat. The gifting ceremony took place on January 6 at the ABRA Riverton repair center in Riverton, Utah.
Receiving the gift makes it much more convenient for Shawn to take his ailing daughter to chemotherapy appointments because she’s unable to take public transportation due to her condition. Owning the vehicle will help him become more independent and open up additional job opportunities. Most importantly, it will allow him to spend more time with his daughter.
"This event was a great example of what a community can do when everyone works together on a common mission to change someone’s life," said Laurie Robinson, shelter & housing manager of Family Promise. "This will transform Shawn’s life for the better and we are very grateful that we were able to participate in this giveaway. Thank you to everyone who participated and helped make this a reality for a family in need."
“We are truly honored and excited to have the opportunity to work with our partners to give a helping hand to a family in need,” said Greg Peeters, ABRA Utah’s Vice President. “Lack of reliable transportation is a challenge for many families, and we are happy to help ease that burden.”
The National Auto Body Council’s Recycled Rides program is a collaborative effort by auto body shops, insurers, parts suppliers and others in the collision industry to repair and donate vehicles to deserving families and community service organizations throughout the United States. The Mazda 3 was donated by Allstate Insurance and repaired by ABRA Auto Body & Glass with generous donations from Utah Jazz, Utah Highway Safety, Pep Boys, Dent Pro, LKQ, Sherwin Williams, Ogden Auto Towing & Recovery, Westland Ford, Nate Wade Subaru, Bountiful Mazda and Mobile Diagnostics.