LAS VEGAS (November 17, 2022) – During the 2022 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, three deserving local veterans experienced a life-changing event – the presentation of three vehicles to provide them independence and the ability to work and take care of their families – thanks to the National Auto Body Council Recycled Rides® program along with car donor GEICO and Gerber Collision & Glass of Las Vegas.
The presentation was held at the new Gerber Collision & Glass location in North Las Vegas. The deserving recipients were selected by U.S. Vets of Las Vegas. In 2022, GEICO has donated more than 200 vehicles to the NABC Recycled Rides® program, and Gerber Collision & Glass has refurbished, or is restoring, more than 40 vehicles.
“GEICO is committed to making a difference in the communities we serve and to people in need, including our nation’s Veterans. GEICO is proud to be able to get these deserving Veterans reliable transportation,” said Tory Penry, Vice President, Auto Damage, GEICO.
The recipients included:
- Richard Felix, U.S. Air Force veteran
- Gregory Anderson, U.S. Navy veteran
- Amber Smart, U.S. Navy veteran
NABC Recycled Rides® is a unique program in which businesses representing all facets of the collision repair industry team up to repair and donate vehicles to individuals and families in need of reliable transportation. Since the inception of the NABC Recycled Rides® program in 2007, members of the National Auto Body Council have donated more than 3,000 vehicles valued at some $42 million.
Additional partners in the NABC Recycled Rides® presentation included 1-800 Charity Cars, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, LKQ and Copart.
“It’s an honor to celebrate these three veterans’ next step toward independence, thanks to our NABC members GEICO and Gerber Collision & Glass,” said Scott Sampley, chairman of the National Auto Body Council. “We’re proud to work with these great companies who donate vehicles and refurbish them to help those who have served our country.”
ABOUT THE NATIONAL AUTO BODY COUNCIL®
The National Auto Body Council® is the premier organization of collision industry partners dedicated to strategic networking opportunities that positively change lives in the communities we serve. The collaborative membership of the National Auto Body Council® has gifted more than 3,000 vehicles, provided extrication opportunities for over 5,000 First Responders and is helping educate students and adult drivers in communities around the country through NABC Recycled Rides®, NABC First Responder Emergency Extrication (F.R.E.E.™) and the NABC® Drive Out Distraction program. That effort equates to a 4:1 ROI in dollar value delivered from NABC® membership dollars. The National Auto Body Council® is changing the paradigm of how the collision industry works and is viewed. For more information, visit www.NationalautoBodyCouncil.org.