Recycled Rides Gets Families On the Road
Helping Families Out – One Car At A Time
I went to SEMA expecting to see all the new products and trends in the auto industry – I did not expect to be introduced to a philanthropic program helping families get back on their feet. But as I was at SEMA, I got to witness five families given the gift of a “Recycled Ride.”
Recycled Rides is a community awareness project of the National Auto Body Council (NABC). NABC members donate their time and services to refurbish cars that insurance companies donate. After a vehicle is repaired to like-new condition, Recycled Rides pairs with a local community organization to find a deserving family, then they to give it to them. The Las Vegas partner organization is Family Promise, an interfaith, non-profit organization helping homeless families in transition from a shelter to a home of their own.
Individuals who received cars ranged from two-parent families to single-parent Moms and Dads who’ve graduated from Family Promise’s Family Mentoring Program. Las Vegas’ mayor, Oscar Goodman, was also at SEMA to hand over the family’s new keys.
It was good to see the collision repair industry get together and give back to families in need. Not only these 5 families are receiving cars, over 150 families across the US will be given the gift of a Recycled Ride this year. It was awesome getting to experience the joy as these 5 families got a little help that will take them a long way. If you ‘d like more information – check out their websites at www.autobodycouncil.org or www.recycledrides.org.