One Lucky Veteran Receives the Gift of Transportation
Giving the gift of transportation isn’t something most can offer during the holiday season. This year, because of Jeremiah’s Carstars’ participation in a nationwide industry giveaway program, one lucky veteran became the proud owner of a 2016 Ford Fusion. Donated by the Hertz Corporation and refurbished by Jeremiah’s Carstar for the recent Recycled Rides Vehicle Reveal, the car met its new owner in Oklahoma City.
The suspense ended November 11 at Jeremiah’s Carstar and Collision, 11313 N. Broadway Extension, Oklahoma City, when deserving Army veteran Edwina Mugunbay was chosen to receive a refurbished car on Veterans Day at the well-attended event. Edwina, a single mother, wrote that receiving the car would enable her to reach career goals, become less reliant on assistance programs, “take better care of my daughter and hold my head high!” Now, because of Jeremiah’s and The National Auto Body Council, her family will never be the same.
Edwina was chosen by Department of Veterans Affairs, Goodwill Industries and Jeremiah’s.
“After reviewing several well-deserving individuals’ applications, we have found the perfect recipient,” Jeremiah Graham, owner of Jeremiah’s Carstar, says. “Edwina Mugunbay fulfills all the criteria set by the National Auto Body Council and Recycled Rides program.”
Serving three combat tours in Afghanistan, Edwina is a nine-year Army veteran and has utilized government assistance for her housing through the HUD/VASH program and medical needs through the VA Mecial Center. Because of the generosity of the NABC and Jeremiah’s, she can apply for full-time work positions and widen her search to beyond a 2-mile radius. Before being chosen, Edwina walked 2 miles each day to work, creating various schedule challenges.
Recycled Rides has awarded more than 1,500 vehicles since 2007. Over the years, a total of $20 million worth of vehicles have been donated across the country to other worthy veterans.
“The national program is a collision industrywide effort in which businesses team up to repair and donate vehicles to individuals and families in need,” Jeremiah says. “Insurance, rental car, auto auction and salvage companies donate vehicles, which are refurbished by collision repair companies with contributions of materials and parts from suppliers and manufacturers in the collision industry.”
Optimistically, Edwina now looks forward to the chance, “to give back to the community that has helped me and be a success story for others to tell.” Looking forward, she desires to, “get off of public assistance and become independent.” The selfless collaborative effort to give away vehicles empowers others toward financial independence.
Jeremiah’s Carstar and Collision has given Edwina a fresh start and communicated to her and their community that helping others is more important than the elusive dollar.
For more information about The National Auto Body Council and their community-based initiatives call 1.888.667.7433 or visit NationalAutoBodyCouncil.org. They can also be found on Facebook or their Twitter feed, @AutoBodyCouncil. For more information on Carstar, visit CarStar.com.