Army veteran Travis Steele and his family received a 2013 Dodge Caravan Donated by Insurance Auto Auctions, and repaired by Pacific Elite Collision with nearly $9,000 in parts donated by Glenn E. Thomas Dodge Chrysler Jeep. (Photos by Patricia Fabian)Lisseth Lopez received a 2013 Honda Accord donated by State Farm and refurbished by Platinum Collision Centers Corona.

Five SoCal residents receive Recycled Rides from NABC members

Anaheim, Calif.—Three military veterans and two single parents, from Southern California, received the keys to newly refurbished cars through the National Auto Body Council’s (NABC) Recycled Rides program at the 2016 NACE/CARS Expo, held at the Anaheim Convention Center.

“I am grateful, you all have blessed my family. This vehicle will make a big difference in our lives,” Army veteran Travis Steele said for his family of six with one more on the way.

Steele was nominated by Support The Enlisted Project (STEP) and received a 2013 Dodge Caravan Donated by Insurance Auto Auctions, and repaired by Pacific Elite Collision Stanton with nearly $9,000 in parts donated by Glenn E. Thomas Dodge Chrysler Jeep.

Another recipient was John Munoz, an Army veteran who worked at McDonnell Douglas until he broke his back, was unable to work and depleted his savings. His car had become his home until it was stolen while he was in the hospital. Nominated by U.S. Veterans Initiative, he received a 2014 Nissan Sentra donated by Hertz and repaired by MAACO Tustin.

Nominated by Family Promise South Bay, Lisseth Lopez, a single mother and home health care provider devoted to raising her 15-year-old daughter, who is at the top of her class, received a 2013 Honda Accord donated by State Farm and refurbished by Platinum Collision Centers Corona.

Frederick Lewis, a Marine veteran, who suffers from disabilities related to his years as a mortar, ammunitions, and gunner specialist, was nominated by the U.S. Veterans Initiative and received a 2012 Mazda S donated by GEICO and repaired by Fix Auto Tustin.

Destiny Bracamonte, a single mother working two jobs to support her family, is always on the road. She was nominated by The Sheepfold and received a 2011 Honda Accord donated by Allstate and repaired by Service King Placentia.

“This is what the NABC is all about,” Domenic Brusco, NABC chair, said. “We want to change and save more lives and Recycled Rides is one of the ways our collective collision industry can do that. We thank the many volunteers, our NABC Board of Directors, and all our members because it is their support that makes the program possible.” 

Since its inception in 2007, Recycled Rides has donated more than 1,000 vehicles across the country, valued in excess of $12 million.

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