At the Farmers Insurance ceremony Nov. 20 were (from left) Brandon McLain, SVP for Southern California, Caliber Collision; Tim Felks, head of Property Claims for Farmers; Beneficiary David Leclerc, a current U.S. Navy sailor; Shaelynn O’Brien (of Mountain Center), U.S. Army veteran, and her daughter Raelynn; Ebony Wright, U.S. Navy veteran; Laura White, director of development for Support the Enlisted Project or STEP; Bill Garoutte, president and CEO of the National Auto Body Council; and Sean Harlan, director of operations for SF Valley & Central Coast for Caliber Collision.
Photo by Lauren Cohen

Shaelynn O’Brien of Mountain Center received a car from Farmers Insurance recently. She was one of four veterans and active-duty service members honored Tuesday, Nov. 20, at the Farmers headquarters in Woodland Hills.

Farmers teamed up with Caliber Collision to restore the vehicles and provide reliable transportation to the recipients and their families as part of the National Auto Body Council’s Recycled Rides program.

All four vehicles were restored by technicians at local-area Caliber Collision Centers who volunteered personal time to refurbish the vehicles. The Caliber team also engaged local businesses to donate gifts, toys and certificates to “stuff the trunk” with more surprises for the recipients and their families.

O’Brien was nominated by Support The Enlisted Project, a nonprofit dedicated to providing support to military families in Southern California. Farmers Insurance and Caliber Collision reviewed the nominations, and final selections were made by each of the four Caliber locations that restored the vehicles for the four recipients. O’Brien was selected by the team at Caliber-Canoga Park, who restored the 2013 Kia Rio she will be receiving.

NABC’s Recycled Rides™ program brings together collision repairers, insurers and others in the collision industry in an effort to make a difference and give refurbished vehicles to individuals and service organizations who would benefit from reliable transportation. The Recycled Rides™ program began in 2007 and since then, has donated more than 1,300 vehicles valued at $17 million.