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NABC Recycled Ride® Program Joined Allstate and Jerry’s ABRA Auto Body & Glass in Mankato, MN To Donate a Refurbished Vehicle to the Wife of a Veteran in Need of Reliable Transportation

Car Presentation to Recipients Took Place Monday, November 14, at Jerry’s ABRA Auto Body & Glass

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Deborah Robinson
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recipients of NABC Recycled Rides vehicle stand outside ABRA Auto Body & Glass
(Shown L-R: Brian Peterson, Geralynn Kottschade, recipient Katie Kunkel holding daughter Freyja, husband Mike Petrick, U.S. Army National Guard veteran, holding son Kenny, Laura Kottschade and Jerry Kottschade)

CHARLOTTE, NC (November 16, 2022) – On Monday, November 14, the spouse of a Minnesota veteran experienced a life-changing event – the presentation of a vehicle to provide their family independence and the ability to work and take care of themselves – thanks to the National Auto Body Council Recycled Rides® program along with car donor Allstate and collision repair partner Jerry’s ABRA Auto Body & Glass.

The presentation was held at Jerry’s ABRA Auto Body & Glass in Mankato, MN.  The recipients were selected by the Minnesota Valley Action Council (MVAC).

recipient Katie Kunkel holding son Kenny, husband Mike Petrick, U.S. Army National Guard veteran, holding daughter Freyja

“We are excited about participating in NABC Recycled Rides®,” says Dan Jones, representative of MVAC. “Jerry’s ABRA has a long history of helping those in need in our community and we’re proud to be a part of this program. We worked diligently to find the perfect match for this donation.”

The recipient, Katie Kunkel, received a 2017 Nissan Maxima, to help her and her husband Mike Petrick, a U.S. Army National Guard veteran, take care of their young children, get to day care, and allow Katie to complete her education and seek employment.

This is the ninth year Jerry’s ABRA Auto Body & Glass has given a refurbished vehicle to a deserving member of Southern Minnesota. The initiative is a collaborative effort with the National Auto Body Council Recycled Rides® program.

“We have been a part of NABC® for many years with the goal of improving the image of automotive repairers,” said Geralynn Kottschade, CFO and co-owner of Jerry’s ABRA Auto Body & Glass. “We are honored to give back to a community that has been incredibly supportive of us for more than five decades. Providing the family of a veteran who served to protect us and gave so much of themselves a hand up with reliable transportation means the world to our team here at Jerry’s ABRA Auto Body & Glass.”

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 and Affordable Towing, which towed the vehicle to Mankato from Metro Area.

About ABRA

ABRA Auto Body Repair of America was founded in 1984 in Fridley, MN and has since grown to over 55 facilities throughout the United States. ABRA specializes in collision repair, paintless dent removal, as well as auto glass repair and replacement, all backed by a lifetime national warranty. ABRA is a member of Driven Brands, the largest automotive services company in North America. Visit ABRAauto.com to learn more.

About Driven Brands

Driven Brands™, headquartered in Charlotte, NC, is the largest automotive services company in North America, providing a range of consumer and commercial automotive needs, including paint, collision, glass, vehicle repair, oil change, maintenance and car wash. Driven Brands is the parent company of some of North America’s leading automotive service businesses including Take 5 Oil Change®, Take 5 Car Wash®, Meineke Car Care Centers®, Maaco®, 1-800-Radiator & A/C®, Auto Glass Now®, and CARSTAR®. Driven Brands has more than 4,700 locations across 15 countries, and services over 50 million vehicles annually. Driven Brands’ network generates approximately $1.9 billion in annual revenue from more than $5.3 billion in system-wide sales.

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

Deborah Robinson
Author: Deborah Robinson