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who find themselves in a difficult situation, often through no fault of their own. It’s not just about putting cars back together — it’s about making people whole again. The collision repair community — including body shops, paint, parts, equipment and insurance companies — has been doing this for a long time.

And sometimes, the collision industry goes above and beyond the call of duty to make things a little bit brighter for those less fortunate. This section honors the shops and suppliers that take that additional step.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Caliber Collision Presents Newly Refurbished Van to Single Mom of 6

Getting her children ready to go back to school this year will be extra special for Andrea Brown, a local Austin, Texas single mother of six children ages 4-13 who will enjoy having the luxury of a vehicle to ease the complexities of transporting her family to and from school and all their activities.

Andrea received keys to the vehicle at a presentation at Caliber Collision's South Lamar center, attended by Texas State Rep. Elliott Naishtat and a large crowd of well-wishers.

The 2010 Dodge Grand Caravan is a gift from Caliber Collision and State Farm as part of the Recycled Rides Program, the nationwide community service project by the National Auto Body Council in which collision repair companies and insurers collaborate to repair and donate recycled vehicles to families and service organizations in need.

According to Gil Levy, Vice President of Programs at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas, Andrea was nominated by the organization because of her dedication to ensure education is a priority in her children's lives. All of the kids have been involved throughout the summer in various school-sponsored activities, and the family has been involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters since 2006.

Caliber Collision team members volunteered their time to repair the vehicle as well as collect gift certificates, toys and other gifts for the Brown family.

Other local businesses that donated parts, materials and service towards the vehicle include Allen Samuels Dodge, O'Reilly Auto Parts, Sikkens/Akzo Nobel, Keystone Automotive, Miles Tire and Wheel, Star of Texas Auto glass and Genter's Detail Services.

This vehicle is the 8th of more than 12 Recycled Rides that Caliber plans to donate this year across California, Arizona, Nevada, Oklahoma and Texas.

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