California repairer to provide families in need with vehicle donation

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May 17, 2012—Golden State Collision Centers Inc., a five-shop collision repair operation based in Yuba City, Calif., on Thursday will present two refurbished vehicles to families in need during its "Celebrate Americana Benevolence Event.”

Golden State Collision Centers said AAA Insurance provided the refurbished vehicles, and two local organizations—Mercy Ministries and Hands of Hope—helped identify the receiving families.

In addition, Golden State Collision Centers said several of its local vendors donated time and services to help refurbish the vehicles: Les Schwab Tires, Soroptimist Club of Marysville/Yuba City, Bullseye Paintless Dent Removal, Riebes Auto Parts, Valley Muffler, Yuba City Toyota, Sierra Lube Express, CleanRite BuildRite, Keystone Automotive/LKQ, AutoWest Honda and Hertz Rent-A-Car.

The vehicles will be presented to the families during a ceremony scheduled for May 17 at 5:30 p.m. PST at Golden State Collision Centers’ Yuba City, Calif., location.

Golden State Collision Centers launched its “Giving Back to the Community Benevolence Event” in 2007. The company said it has donated 18 vehicles to local families in need over the past five years.

"Each year, we partner with our insurance associates in obtaining vehicle donations for the purpose of presenting them to local families who are in need. Often these vehicles simply require mechanical or body work to get them road-ready and safe to drive. In these economic times, Golden State believes there are people who are truly in need—and deserving—of these vehicles, and this is the basis of this annual program," said Dave Finkelstein, owner of Golden State Collision Centers. "We are delighted to be able not only to continue this program yearly, but also to increase our donation amounts in a time in which people are still suffering economically. The gift of a vehicle is one that truly changes lives. We are honored to be able to connect with our local community in effecting that positive change."

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