Chaplain Gets Wheels to Help Give Care and Support, Thanks to CARSTAR Omaha

CHARLOTTE (November 20, 2017) --  The CARSTAR Omaha locations helped make the upcoming holiday season special for one community organization this year, presenting the keys to a minivan to a Salvation Army chaplain during their annual Tree of Lights Kickoff last Friday night in Omaha.
Recycled Rides™ is a community service program of the National Auto Body Council where body shops repair and donate vehicles to agencies and families in need.
A 2007 Chrysler Town & Country was donated by State Farm Insurance. Technicians at CARSTAR Don & Ron’s volunteered their skills to repair and refurbish the minivan, which the Salvation Army had requested.  This is the second year CARSTAR has partnered with the Salvation Army.
“State Farm offered a minivan that had been totaled shortly after the owner had purchased from a local dealer.  “The vehicle still wore dealer plates and was in great shape other than having the minor collision with a deer,” said Darrin McGaughey, general manager for CARSTAR Don & Ron’s.  “Our technicians really enjoy using their skills to give back to the community.”
“State Farm has a mission to help life go right,” said Kelly Pargett, Public Affairs specialist, “It’s rewarding to work with other businesses and nonprofit teams to see that mission come alive in the community.”  
The Omaha CARSTAR locations take turns repairing a salvage vehicle each year.  Platinum sponsor Baxter Chrysler donated OEM parts for the repair.
McGaughey said many other businesses and organizations donated to make this gift possible. Vendors that provided donations of parts and services were Baxter Chrysler, Radiator Depot and Young’s Towing.
“The Salvation Army is so grateful to have this partnership with CARSTAR. The gift of a vehicle every year is immense and does so much good for us or the clients that we serve,” said Major Randy Hellstrom, Divisional Secretary for the Western Division.  “This year we have chosen our chaplaincy program to receive this minivan. This vehicle will help our chaplain serve many families that are facing a crisis.”
About Don & Ron’s CARSTAR:
This CARSTAR location is at 5413 So 72nd St in Omaha. NE.  There are four independently owned CARSTAR locations in Omaha and Lincoln.

CARSTAR Auto Body Repair Experts-- a part of the Driven Brands, Inc. family of automotive aftermarket franchise brands -- is North America’s largest Multi-Shop Operator Network of independently owned collision repair facilities with more than 500 locations in 32 states and 10 Canadian provinces. CARSTAR delivers national scale, consistently high-quality vehicle repairs, repeatable outcomes and the industry’s highest customer satisfaction ratings; all repairs are backed by a national warranty and service guarantee.   CARSTAR was named the No. 1 largest MSO in North America by The Romans Group LLC and ranked 108th on Franchise Times® annual Top 200™ ranking of the largest franchise systems in North America.  For more information visit and follow us on Facebook and twitter.
About Recycled Rides™:
Recycled Rides™ is a unique program in which insurers, collision repairers, paint suppliers, parts vendors and others collaborate to repair and donate vehicles to deserving individuals and service organizations in local communities throughout the country. Close to 2,000 vehicles have been donated through the National Auto Body Council’s Recycled Rides™ program since its inception in 2007.  NABC estimates nearly $25 million worth of vehicles has been donated through Recycled Rides™.

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