CARSTAR West Valley Presents Van to Needy Family
Dec. 9, 2014—CARSTAR West Valley in West Valley, Utah, donated a 2001 Dodge Grand Caravan to a Utah family in desperate need of reliable transportation.
Linda Ellison and her two sons, Bryan and Lynn, own and operate CARSTAR West Valley, had the opportunity to purchase a wrecked vehicle that a customer no longer wanted and began the repair process.
Ellison enlisted the help of local radio station, KBER 101, and asked its listeners to nominate a deserving family. After going through the 51 nominations that came in, the Frisk family was chosen for the donation.
Gary and Jen Frisk have three children who suffer from a rare white blood cell disease called Eosiniphilic Esophagitis and Eosiniphilic Gastroenteritis. All three children have asthma, eczema, and other aero digestive conditions.
On top of the huge medical bills, the Frisks have had their own medical setbacks. Gary recently recovered from bladder cancer, and has to have check-ups every three months. Jen has had four surgeries in the past three years.
While CARSTAR West Valley did much of the work in their collision repair shop, several other vendors helped with the repair. Larry H. Miller Chrysler donated OEM parts, from moldings to door handles and more. Parts Chain donated the body panels needed for the repair. Big O Tires West Valley took care of any mechanical issues, plus put new tires, brakes, and wiper blades on the van. They also offered free oil changes for a year, and paid to license and register the vehicle. California Audio tinted the windows, and Sherwin Williams gave credit for the paint. Troy Ricks Farmers Insurance Agency was also a big supporter of the project.
In addition to the van, CARSTAR West Valley had enough gas cards donated to take care of the Frisk family for the next year.