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South Carolina widow of a U.S. Army veteran receives industry-donated vehicle

NABC, GEICO and Better Collision Centers presented a fully refurbished 2019 Nissan Versa to wife of veteran who had served 10 years in the U. S. Army and National Guard

Columbia, S.C.—The widow of a deceased military veteran experienced a life-changing event — the presentation of a vehicle to provide her the ability to get to work and appointments — thanks to the National Auto Body Council Recycled Rides program along with car donor GEICO and repair partner Better Collision.

NABC, GEICO and Better Collision Centers presented a fully refurbished 2019 Nissan Versa to Olivia Frost. Her husband served for 10 years in the U. S. Army and National Guard. He died four years ago. Frost continues to work in Columbia, S.C., where she lives., but she had been without a car, putting financial strain on her.  Veterans Bridge Home, a non-profit agency serving the needs of veterans and their families in the Carolinas, nominated Frost for the donation.

“This means the world to me,” Frost said, sitting in the front seat of her refurbished car. “Having to find a way to get to work and to my doctor’s appointments meant using ride shares. I was paying $200 to $300 a month just to get to work.”

Many recipients of NABC Recycled Rides car donations, like Frost, are caught in the bind of not being able to save to buy a car because of the amount they are paying for taxis or ride shares.

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 3,300 vehicles valued at some $47 million.

“What we do with NABC Recycled Rides is the best part of my job,” said Jonathan Best, chief executive officer of Better Collision Centers, at the donation ceremony. “We fix cars all day and can get caught up in that cycle, but every once in a while, we get to do something special like this to give a car to someone who really needs it.”

Additional partners in the NABC Recycled Rides presentation included Charleston Dent Repair, Pleasant Detail and Tent, Vaden Wholesale Parts, Clearview Auto Glass, Cars for Charity, Advanced Remarketing Services, Copart and Enterprise.

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