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Kansas body shop chips in to give Army veteran refurbished car

Stilwell, Kan.—Veteran Lawrence Smith received an early Christmas gift when he was chosen to receive a National Auto Body Council Recycled Rides (NABC) vehicle from CARSTAR Metcalf Auto Body in Stilwell, Kan. The Army veteran from Kansas City, Mo., received a 2015 Chrysler 200 at a ceremony.

Steve Hahn (left), owner of CARSTAR Metcalf presents keys to a NABC Recycled Ride to Lawrence Smith, a veteran from Veterans Community Project in Kansas City.

Smith needed his own transportation, not only to reduce his commute, but also to allow him to begin school. He plans to start classes in January 2020, which will allow him to pursue his dream of a career in information technology.

The Chrysler 200 was donated by Farmers Insurance and had been damaged due to a collision but had less than 63,000 miles. Technicians at CARSTAR Metcalf volunteered their skills to repair and refurbish the car.

“When Farmers offered this car, I thought it was perfect for the NABC Recycled Rides program,” said Steve Hahn, owner of CARSTAR Metcalf. “This is a great way to give back to veterans in our community and show them appreciation.”

Farmers employees from the Olathe, Kan., office also donated some “extras” to the veteran during the holiday season, including a winter coat, winter accessories and gas station gift cards.

Many other businesses and organizations donated to make this car gifting possible including Allied/Blue Valley Towing, Burnett Automotive, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Extreme Detail, Midway Auto Parts, New Century Dodge, Olathe Dodge, State Line Chrysler/Jeep/Dodge, The Glass Company, VFW Post 7396, Charity Cars and the National Auto Body Council.

This is the second year CARSTAR Metcalf has partnered with Veterans Community Project to donate a car to a veteran to help them improve their lives. 

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