Vehicle Donors Farmers Insurance®, Allstate and GEICO and Repair Partners DFW Collision, Crest Cadillac and On the Road Garage National Auto Body Council® to Provide Reliable Transportation
CHARLOTTE (June 21, 2022) – On Tuesday, June 21, three deserving Dallas residents – including a veteran — experienced a life-changing event – the presentation of 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 donors and local representatives from Farmers Insurance®, Allstate and GEICO and repair partners DFW Collision, Crest Cadillac and On the Road Garage, all based in the Dallas area.
The vehicle presentation was held in conjunction with the NABC® Lone Star Pars for Cars Golf Fundraiser, presented by Enterprise, at Texas Star Golf Club in Euless, TX.
“I’m honored and blessed, and this car will be a big help to me in my personal life and allow me the mobility to get back to the type of job I would like to do, which is process operations in the chemical industry,” said Charles Curry, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who served in Afghanistan.
Curry has overcome many challenges and is currently employed at DFW. Not having a car limits the type of work he can do and the shifts he can work. He was selected by the VA North Texas Healthcare System. The 2016 Hyundai Elantra he received from GEICO and On the Road Garage will allow him to get to work more easily and open up many opportunities for him.
Yanoen Moreno, who is a breast cancer patient, was nominated by the Cancer Support Community North Texas. The gift of reliable transportation will allow her to get to treatment without relying on the bus or ride share services. It also will help her return to school and work. She received a 2017 Ford Focus from Farmers Insurance® and DFW Collision Center East.
Edwin Munoz was left a quadriplegic after a diving accident in 2018, but this Dallas resident never let that affect his outlook on life. He recently got his driver’s license after re-learning how to drive as a quadriplegic. The 2014 Mazda CX-5 he received from Allstate and Crest Cadillac will be outfitted with hand controls for him.
“I’ve been dependent on my friends and family to get everywhere since my accident,” said Munoz. “Now, with this vehicle, I can go places and continue the work with the charity I founded to help other people like me with accident-related disabilities.”
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 nearly 3,000 vehicles valued at more than $42 million.
“On behalf of the NABC board and membership, we are so proud to be able to give back to these three deserving Dallas community members with the gift of reliable transportation,” said Scott Sampley, member of the NABC Board of Directors and co-chair of the NABC fundraising committee. Everything we do to raise funds makes it possible for us to continue changing and saving lives with our member partners.”
ABOUT THE NATIONAL AUTO BODY COUNCIL®
The National Auto Body Council®, which celebrated its’ 25th anniversary in 2020, 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 nearly 3,000 vehicles, provided extrication opportunities for some 5,000 First Responders and contributed to thousands of distracted driving pledges in communities 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.