Car Presentation Took Place September 12 at CIECA CONNEX Conference in Bloomington, Illinois
MEDIA NOTE: Photos from the NABC Recycled Rides® Presentation are available (here)
BLOOMINGTON, IL (September 20, 2023) – On September 12, a deserving Chicago area recipient experienced a life-changing event – the presentation of a vehicle to provide her independence and the ability to work and take care of her family – thanks to the National Auto Body Council Recycled Rides® program, car donor Travelers and collision repair partner Gerber Collision & Glass.
The presentation was held at the CIECA CONNEX Conference in Bloomington, IL.
The 2014 Dodge Durango was donated by Travelers, refurbished by Gerber Collision & Glass of Oak Lawn IL. Honk for Help and Armstrong Towing donated the 130-mile tow to the event.
“I want to thank our partners Travelers and Gerber Collision & Glass both in Oak Lawn and in Bloomington for everything they did to make this car presentation a reality for Michelle. Also, thanks to the leadership of CIECA for inviting us to present vehicles to deserving recipients at the last four conferences,” said Dale Ross, NABC Recycled Rides® Program Manager.
The recipient is Michelle Shaw, who received a 2014 Dodge Durango, is a single mother of two who has recently been divorced. This is her first time on her own, and she works to support her family but does not have a vehicle. She is a backpacking mom that walks wherever she needs to go. Her son is on the basketball team and she finds rides just so she can be there to support him. She is a humble, grateful, deserving recipient, and this vehicle will make life for her a lot easier for her and her family.
“I’ve been truly blessed and thankful for all the help Family Promise has provided me and now all the wonderful people that were involved in the gift of this car. I just want to say thank you from the bottom my heart,” said Shaw.
“We are thrilled to be a partner in NABC’s Recycled Rides Program. We have donated over 75 cars since the start of the program, proof that we are committed to the communities where we work and live,” said Beth Printz, claims regional vice president at Travelers.
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 3,200 vehicles valued at some $46 million.
Additional partners in the NABC Recycled Rides® presentation included Honk for Help, Armstrong Towing, Otis Automotive, Klean Detail, Servicemaster, Advanced Remarketing Services, and Cars for Charity.
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 3,200 vehicles, provided extrication opportunities for more than 5,500 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.