CARSTAR Donates Mini-Van to Shelter

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Sept. 29, 2015—CARSTAR Auto Body Repair donated a mini-van to St. Anthony’s Family Shelter (Wichita, Kan.) to help homeless families and the shelter’s transportation needs, the company announced on Monday.

The 2005 Saturn Relay was donated to Catholic Charities of Wichita on Sept. 24 as part of the “Recycled Rides” program. Collision Specialists CARSTAR West location repaired and refurbished the van and AAA Allied Group donated the Saturn to the program.

The vehicle has been damaged in a collision and was towed into the CARSTAR location on West Kellogg.

“The van was declared a total loss and we realized this vehicle was a perfect fit for the shelter’s needs,“ said Ray Rose, general manager for Collision Specialists CARSTAR. “We contacted AAA Allied Group who agreed to donate this van to the Recycled Rides program.”

Rose went on to say, “Many times all these vehicles need is some body work, mechanical repairs or TLC to get them road ready and safe to drive.  We are grateful that AAA Allied Group generously donated a van for our shop to repair.”

“AAA Allied is dedicated to giving back to the communities that we serve,” said James Hanni,  AAA Allied executive vice president of government and public affairs. “We are pleased to be able to partner with Recycled Rides to donate a refurbished car to a deserving organization like Catholic Charities.”

“CARSTAR has been a wonderful partner of Catholic Charities by providing reliable vehicles for several of our clients in the past. This vehicle will be used by staff at St. Anthony Family Shelter to meet the needs of the homeless families served there,” said Wendy Glick, senior director of mission services and development for St. Anthony’s Family Shelter.  “What a blessing to have a newer model, reliable family van to transport our families, especially the children, to appointments and community outings.”

Members of the Collision Specialists West staff volunteered their personal time to repair this car.

Donating parts and services to make this Recycled Rides possible: Denton Auto Salvage, BASF, FinishMaster, Auto Hail Repair, The Windshield Shop, Charity Cars and the technicians and staff at Collision Specialists WEST location.  

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