Texas Body Shop Donates Two Vehicles to Harvey Survivors

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Dec. 13, 2017—Bates Collision Centers in Baytown, Texas, are giving away two vehicles to two hurricane Harvey survivors: Harris County Department of Education (HCDE) Head Start employee Bahiyyah Rashed, and parent Vanessa Zuniga.

HCDE Head Start’s partnership with Bates Collision Centers is on it’s 19th year. The cars will be given to two moms who will be recognized with the Responsible Parenting Award.

“We’re fueling brighter futures,” says Lee Bates, president of Bates Collision Centers. “Responsible parenting is so important and it’s a big job in every family. But it becomes even harder when all the pieces aren’t in place, like transportation.”

Rashed and Zuniga were nominated by Head Start Center managers.

Bates' employees donate time to work on cars while other community members and businesses donate gas, insurance and materials needed to rehab the cars.

HCDE Head Start senior director, Venetia Peacock, believes the partnerships is particularly important this year as parent face transportation issues post-Harvey.

“These cares make a difference in the lives of families who are already committed to making the world a better place for their children,” says Peacock.


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