The Foundation for Positively Kids recently added another service to its list: transportation.
The foundation, 3555 W. Reno Ave., received a handicap-accessible van from the National Auto Body Council, or NABC, at the International Autobody Congress & Exposition, or NACE, Conference & Expo held Oct. 17-19 at Mandalay Bay.
Positively Kids is a nonprofit organization that provides medical services to medically fragile and developmentally delayed children.
“We help children from birth until they’re 18,” said Sylvia Wolf, vice president of business development and marketing. “We see about 370 children every day.”
According to Wolf, the van is the organization’s first vehicle. It will help transport children and families to appointments and reduce cancellations.
“We’re very thrilled about the van,” Wolf said. “It will seriously benefit the families by allowing us to have a more high-quality effect in delivering services.”
State Farm insurance donated the van to the NABC’s Recycled Rides program after it was in a collision in Texas.
“(The NABC) had a need for a handicapped van, and I happened to have one,” said Doug Remmert, State Farm’s salvage team manager in Texas. “Economically, the van wasn’t feasible to fix for the owner, but it could still be safely repaired and donated.”
Recycled Rides takes in vehicles donated by insurance companies that are theft recoveries or totaled and have fewer than 100,000 miles.
The NABC works with an auto repair shop that donates its time to repair the vehicles. According to executive director of the NABC Chuck Sulkala, the vehicles can have up to $15,000 worth of damage.
“It’s a little of what we already do every day,” Sulkala said. “We put vehicles back together and back on the road every day. We’re just recycling these ones for a better cause.”
Although the council typically donates to families, organizations also receive vehicles.
“We sometimes choose charitable, nonprofit organizations because of the quality of work they do,” Sulkala said. “Having this van enables Positively Kids to provide greater services to the community.”
Recycled Rides has donated about 150 vehicles this year, according to Sulkala.
“It’s a gift from the collision industry to families and organizations that are in need of transportation,” he said. “We can make a major difference in a family’s life or an organization’s ability to give services. It’s really a no-brainer to get involved.”
Contact Southwest/Spring Valley View reporter Caitlyn Belcher at firstname.lastname@example.org or 702-383-0403.