Tim Gares

Tim Gares

Shops in gear for giving

Star Autobody and Manfred’s Autobody have teamed up for the seventh annual Christmas Car Giveaway.

Christmas could come early for a couple of deserving people who have fallen on hard times.

Star Autobody and Manfred’s Autobody have once again teamed up for the seventh annual Christmas Car Giveaway.

In the spirit of the season of giving, the two autobody shops (under the Fix Auto Collision banner) want to make the season a little brighter for two individuals or families in need of a vehicle.

But what the shops need are nominations from the public of who is most deserving.

“A lot of these are people who won’t ask for help,” said Tim Gares, Star Autobody general manager.

If you know someone who has fallen on hard times financially, has health issues, or is a single parent where the gift of transportation could make a positive impact in their lives, send your nominations to Star or Manfred’s by Sunday at midnight.

The two vehicles, a 2007 Ford Freestar and 2005 Dodge Neon, are former fleet vehicles from the autobody shops.

“They have really low kilometres and are in great shape,” said Gares, while checking out the Ford minivan being worked on in the shop.

“They’re 100 per cent when they (recipients) get it.”

With the vehicles also come one-year roadside assistance from Western Financial Group as well as oil changes for a year from Qwik Change Oil and lube. Winners will be chosen Dec. 19, but the tough job comes from the staff at the autobody shops who choose.

“There are so many people who are deserving,” said Gares, who often wishes they could give more vehicles away. “You really feel for them especially at this time of year.”

But it is also a rewarding job.

“A lot of the people, they break down because they can’t believe they’re going to be given this vehicle,” said Gares. “It’s pretty emotional.

“It never gets old, making somebody happy.”

To nominate a family or individual, write a letter (300 words or less) to explain why they are worthy of this Christmas gift.

“What we want to see is why this person should be chosen,” said Gares. “The more information we have the easier it is to for us to determine.”

Letters can be dropped off at Star Autobody at 2314 – 37th St. or Manfred’s Autobody at 6252 Pleasant Valley Road or they can be emailed to either tgares@fixauto.com or errolthompson@fixauto.com