Recycled Rides 2010
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senior nursing student at College of St. Mary is the recipient of a
“Recycled Ride” 2003 Ford Windstar mini-van awarded Oct. 28 at the
Women’s Fund of Omaha’s annual fall luncheon.
Fourteen nonprofit agencies in the metro area nominated women they felt
would benefit from having a vehicle, and a Women’s Fund committee
selected Shawnie Irvin as the recipient. Irvin, a resident in College of
St. Mary’s Mothers Living & Learning Program, said receiving the
mini-van will allow her to help other mothers in the program who don’t
have transportation. “We can take outings with the kids and we can go
grocery shopping,” says Irvin, a resident adviser at the college.
While she is quick to find ways to help others, having transportation
will make life easier for Irvin and her nine-year-old daughter Ja’qell
McDonald. In the past, Irvin has walked to most of the clinical
rotations required for the nursing program, including stints at
Immanuel, Bergan Mercy and Children’s hospitals. Often that meant waking
up at 4:30 a.m. to make it the hospital by 6:45 a.m. Now that she has
transportation, Irvin will be able to drive to her new rotation at
Recycled Rides is a national awareness program, sponsored by the
National Auto Body Council, in which body shops repair and donate used
vehicles to families in need. The 2003 Ford Windstar Irvin received was
donated by State Farm Insurance and refurbished and repaired by Don and Ron’s CARSTAR Body Shop. Employees volunteered their time, and a number of other businesses donated parts and labor.
Donors include: Baxter Ford, J.D. Casey, Auto Glass Center, House of
Mufflers, Midwest Hail and Dent, EGS Marine and Auto Detail, Sparks,
Keystone, LKQ, SignIt, Auto Zone, Grease Monkey, 1-800-CHARITY CARS,
National Auto Body Council, Young’s Towing and the Collision Industry
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Christi Krajeski, owner of Don and Ron’s CARSTAR Body Shop; Shawnie Irvin,
Ja’qell McDonald and Darrin McGaughey, general manager of Don and Ron’s
CARSTAR Body Shop.