A local Phoenix mother of three, who recently overcame homelessness, now has a new vehicle thanks to the volunteer efforts of Service King Collision Repair Centers, State Farm and local businesses. A ceremonial presentation took place Dec. 14 at Service King’s Bell Road location in Phoenix as part of the National Auto Body Council’s Recycled Rides program.
Tomascita James successfully graduated Phoenix’s Family Promise emergency shelter and transition program before being selected to receive the 2011 Ford Fusion. That's when Service King and State Farm stepped in to make the surprise donation a reality.
“Service King and State Farm’s heart to help those less fortunate in our community will change the life of the James family this holiday season,” said Ted Taylor, Executive Director for Family Promise of Greater Phoenix. “When Tomascita heard she was selected, she was in tears as this means she will have safe transportation for her family to participate in school activities, weekend events, and life. Reliable transportation is huge for our families.”
The vehicle was donated by State Farm and restored to like-new condition by Service King technicians who volunteered their time, skill and weekends to pull off the giveaway.
“The Service King family is grateful for the privilege of taking part in this special day for Tomascita and her family,” said Ryan Downs, Service King Market Vice President. “The gift of reliable, personal transportation has the power to change lives – something far too many of us take for granted. It’s our hope this vehicle does just that, and that her story continues to inspire families across the Phoenix community.”
The NABC Recycled Rides program brings together collision repair centers, insurers and local businesses to provide the profound gift of reliable transportation to families who need it most across the U.S.
“Most of us take transportation for granted. But for many people, routine activities such as going to work, taking kids to school, grocery shopping, and medical visits are a challenge,” said Lecia Scaglione, State Farm Agent. “We are happy to partner with the community to make a difference in this family’s life.”