Recycled Rides Presentation Team (Photo Credit: Paul Hammersley, City of Malden) (From Left to Right) Chelsea Police Chief Brian Kyes; Malden Police Chief Kevin Molis; Malden Mayor Gary Christenson; Today’s Collision Owner, Kevin Kyes; Met Life, Kristie Croteau; Today’s Collision Owner, Bobby Cobb; National Auto Body Council, Linda Sulkala; Mass Fallen Heroes Executive Director, Dan Magoon; Mass Fallen Heroes Director of Operations Kelly Roche; Recipient, Gold Star Daughter of Army Sgt. Glenn R. Allison, Kaleigh Hayes; Gold Star Sister of Army Sgt. Glenn R. Allison, Jons Allison-Cardoso
Additional Photos: Recycled Rides Event Photos
Malden, MA (September 27, 2017) Today’s Collision Repair Center recently participated in the National Auto Body Council’s (NABC) Recycled Rides™ program, in which they received a salvage vehicle donated from MetLife Insurance, refurbished it, and presented the finished 2014 Nissan Sentra to Massachusetts Fallen Heroes’ Gold Star Daughter, Kaleigh Hayes.
Kaleigh was just 7 years old in 2003 when her father, Army Sgt. Glenn R. Allison, died in Iraq. She is currently attending college, teaches at the Boys and Girls Club, works in a mentoring program and is a YMCA visitation supervisor. Kaleigh gives back to the community and thinks of her father every day. “He inspired me to push forward, pay it forward, and make an impact on those around me,” Kaleigh told attendees and the press at the Gifting Event at Today’s Collision in Malden, MA.
Bobby Cobb, Owner, Today’s Collision commented, “Kaleigh didn’t have a car, and found it tough to get around. MetLife donated a great vehicle. We refurbished the exterior, brakes, gave it some new tires and performed some general maintenance. I am thankful to have a crew of employees who enjoy making a difference and giving back. For me, personally, these Recycled Rides™ events keep me grounded knowing that we can use our knowledge and skills to make a small change in someone’s life; like Kaleigh, who has given so much to our country and community.”
National Auto Body Council’s (NABC) Recycled Rides™ program and 1-800 Charity Cars helped facilitate the difficult paperwork process associated with transferring the vehicle from the MetLife, to Today’s Collision, to getting Kaleigh on the road. Today’s Collision also recognizes their associates at Enterprise for donating a $250 gas card to Kaleigh.
This is the fourth collaboration between Mass Fallen Heroes and Today’s Collision for this type of restored-vehicle donation.
After Kaleigh was given the keys, she received a police escort from the City of Malden police department as she drove away in her new car. Today’s Collision will help Kaleigh keep her new car on the road for as long as she owns it.