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Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Army Veteran Shane Thompson stands with Auto Body Repair students who worked on the car he received as a donation.
Three local U.S. Army veterans will have much to be thankful for as they drive to their Thanksgiving celebrations in newly refurbished vehicles donated by Caliber Collision and GEICO.
To thank and honor them for their service to our country, on November 13, keys to the practically brand-new vehicles were presented to Josh Evans of Washingtonville, Shane Thomson of Bloomfield, Delhi, and Anthony Gestone of Sharon Springs, in a special ceremony at the National Automobile Museum.
The vehicles for the veterans were donated by GEICO and restored by teammates at Caliber Collision-Saratoga Springs who volunteered their time and talent as a community service. Pats and materials were donated by LKQ Corp. The car donations are part of the National Auto Body Council’s Recycled Rides™ program in which collision industry businesses team up to repair and donate cars to individuals in need of reliable transportation.
The program has been going on for several years. New for 2018, students in the CTE Auto Body Repair program at the F. Donald Myers Education Center assisted in the restoration. They worked on the 2015 Nissan Altima, one of the three vehicles that were donated.
The students performed final detail work to the vehicle using the skills they've acquired at CTE to help others who have given so much for their country. The students used buffers, polish and finishing glaze to make the car shine for its new owner. Meticulously detailing the car panel by panel, inside and out, the students very proudly contributed to the effort of honoring our veterans. Along the way, they learned a few things about teamwork and completing projects under tight deadlines. The students were thrilled to meet Shane Thompson, the new owner of the car they worked on, at the unveiling and personally thanked him for his service.
The three veterans were nominated for the Recycled Rides program by Ulster County Veterans Services and SUNY Cobleskill, with support from Catholic Charities. See their bios:
Over the past six years, Caliber Collision and its industry partners have donated more than 300 vehicles valued at over $3 million to military service members, veterans and others in need of reliable transportation.
Have a look at the Spectrum News coverage coverage of the event.
The unveiling of the 2015 Nissan Altima.
Shane Thompson with State Senator James Tedisco.
Auto Body Repair students had a chance to thank Veteran Shane Thompson for his service.