In an effort to spread good will during the Christmas season, as well as promote collision repair awareness, the AkzoNobel Acoat National Benevolence Program will be giving 60 deserving families and community groups in Canada and the U.S. a refurbished vehicle. Collision repair centres that are members of the Sikkens Acoat selected program will donate their time and efforts in restoring older vehicles that need a mechanical touch-up and some bodywork done but are perfectly safe to drive. Once the cars are fully repaired and road-ready, shops work locally with charitable organizations to place the vehicle with a particular individual or group in need.
“Over 300 cars have been donated to date,” noted North American services manager Mike Sillay. “Thanks to the generosity and concern that our customers have for their communities, we have been able to effectively sustain the growth of this program. The spirit and enthusiasm that these owners and employees exhibit to ensure that others can have a better life is a true testament to the standards that they set for their businesses.” The entire initiative covers forty-four service centre stations across the United States and Canada and is set to take place between December 8 and December 15.
Other gifts such as auto insurance, oil changes, car washes, grocery store gift cards, clothing, toys and books are often donated by local merchants to accompany the car. In these cases, it is truly a community effort.