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Carolinas Collision Association repairs and donates vehicle for woman in need

NABC’s Recycled Rides program has gifted thousands of vehicles to people in need all over the country since the program began in 2007

Richburg, S.C.—Building a community within the industry served as the overarching theme of the 2022 Southeast Collision Conference, and members of the Carolinas Collision Association (CCA) demonstrated their commitment to the concept by repairing and donating a vehicle to a deserving member of their community through the National Auto Body Council’s (NABC) Recycled Rides program.    

“Words really can’t describe just how grateful I am,” said Sarah James, the vehicle recipient. “Tonight, I’ve seen a community. That’s something I didn’t have in my past life, but now I have a really strong one and feel embraced by yours. I’m just so grateful for y’all’s generosity and compassion; you’re really helping me and my family.”

“We at CCA wanted to give back to our community in some way,” said CCA Secretary Aritha Richardson (Enterprise Rent-A-Car). “What better way to give back than by awarding someone deserving with a dependable vehicle to help make their lives a little better and a little easier.”

K&M Collision (Hickory, N.C.) restored the vehicle, a Nissan Altima that was donated by Farm Bureau Insurance. 

“We believe in giving back and lifting others up — just a little bit of sacrifice from everyone makes a tremendous amount of difference in the world. And it can dramatically improve someone else’s situation,” said K&M Collision Vice President of Operations Michael Bradshaw.

East Charlotte Nissan donated the parts used in the restoration, and Body Works Plus (Charlotte, N.C.) donated a $500 gas card. 

“I have loved seeing these relationships and thinking about these partnerships tonight, because it really does take us all to care about one another,” said Vicki Murray of Safe Harbor, a non-profit organization that provides residential recovery and transitional housing for women and children. “We want our residents to know who they are in Christ and that their past does not define them. They literally get a chance to start over, and tonight allows that for a graduate of our residential program who has a full-time job and has reconciled with her family. I’m very proud for Sarah James to receive this assistance.”

NABC’s Recycled Rides program has gifted thousands of vehicles to people in need all over the country since the program began in 2007. For more information, visit bit.ly/nabcrr.

Open to collision repair industry professionals from all locations, the 2022 Southeast Collision Conference offered three days of education, networking and exhibitions, hosted by the Carolinas Collision Association (CCA), Tennessee Collision Repairers Association (TCRA) and Gulf States Collision Association (GSCA). Stay tuned for details about the 2023 Southeast Collision Conference as they become. available at carolinascollisionassociation.com/scc-homeFor more information about this topic, contact Josh Kent at oregon.josh.kent@gmail.com or 704-998-8553.

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