From the pages of the Stevens Point Journal
Pat Arnold of Pat’s CARSTAR in Plover, WI., presents Heather and Chad Lawrence, along with their children, Clayton and Ashton, with a donated vehicle through the nationwide Recycled Rides project. Pat’s CARSTAR repaired the 2011 Mitsubishi, and CAP Services selected the family based on need from a pool of 17 requests.
Heather Lawrence is moved to tears by the gift, but smiles, as she sits in the driver’s seat.
Special from the Portage County Gazette
Pat’s CARSTAR Auto Body of Plover, WI., for the fourth year hosted a National Auto Body Council’s (NABC) Recycled Rides Ride Away Day on Monday, Nov. 21, in which it donated a vehicle to a local family, Heather and Chad Lawrence and their two children.
“We wanted to find a way to give back,” said Pat Arnold, owner of Pat’s CARSTAR Auto Body. “Hopefully, the Lawrence family will wake up tomorrow with a little stress reduction in their hectic lives.”
Recycled Rides is a nationwide awareness project where collision repair members of the NABC repair and donate recycled vehicles to families in need in their communities. Launched on Thanksgiving in 2007, the program began with fewer than 10 stores participating. The program had 150 participants this year.
State Farm Insurance found the vehicle for Pat’s CARSTAR Auto Body to repair. To find a family in need of a vehicle, Pat’s CARSTAR partnered with CAP services, a local private nonprofit organization, to identify the family. Nearly 20 families applied for the opportunity to get the vehicle – a 2001 Mitsubishi SUV. A subcommittee of CAP’s Board of Directors made the selection and three of the committee members where on-site when the vehicle was presented.
Other businesses helped secure the parts and service to get the vehicle road-ready, including Team Schierl, Auto Zone and Fond du Lac Bumper.
In addition to the car, Pat’s CARSTAR employees donated money toward a gas card for the family.