This fall, Today’s Collision Repair in Malden, MA, participated in the Recycled Rides™ program, facilitated by the National Auto Body Council (NABC), for the fourth time.
The repair center’s employees refurbished a salvaged 2014 Nissan Sentra, donated by MetLife Insurance, to give to Kaleigh Hayes, a Massachusetts Fallen Heroes’ Gold Star Daughter.
Bobby Cobb, owner of Today’s Collision, stated, “For me, personally, these Recycled Rides events keep me grounded, knowing that we can use our knowledge and skills to make a small change in someone’s life, like Kaleigh, who has given so much to our country and community.”
Kaleigh was only 7 years old when her father, Army Sergeant Glenn R. Allison, died in Baghdad in 2003 at the age of 24.
“I do have memories of him that I will always hold near and dear to my heart, and I’m glad that I have MA Fallen Heroes,” she stated. “He inspired me to push forward, pay it forward and make an impact on those around me.”
According to Dan Magoon of MA Fallen Heroes, “Kaleigh’s story is truly amazing—a young daughter who lost her dad at such a young age and had to live pretty much her entire life without her father, and continues to do great things in life.”
Now, Kaleigh is 21 years old and works two jobs while attending college. In addition to working at a mentoring program at the Boys and Girls Club, she supervises visits at the YMCA between children and their non-custodial parents.
“My father has inspired me in every way, shape and form. He’s why I’m going to school; he’s why I wake every morning. I think about him,” she said. “I think about what he would do; what he would want me to be doing for the future.”
Unfortunately, an unreliable vehicle made it difficult for Kaleigh to fulfill all of her obligations.
Cobb noted, “Kaleigh didn’t have a car, and found it tough to get around.”
MA Fallen Heroes enlisted the aid of several local organizations. MetLife donated the vehicle, while Today’s Collision repaired the car. Transfer paperwork was facilitated by NABC’s Recycled Rides program and 1-800 Charity Cars, and Enterprise donated a $250 gas card. These groups also paid for the title, tags and the first year of insurance, plus Today’s Collision has vowed to donate maintenance for as long as Kaleigh owns the car.
According to Cobb, “She’s going to be set for a long time. MetLife donated a great vehicle. We refurbished the exterior, brakes, gave it some new tires, and performed some general maintenance. I am thankful to have a crew of employees who enjoy making a difference and giving back. Just to see Kaleigh smile and have a new car again—it’s an overwhelming feeling.”
The City of Malden Police Department escorted Kaleigh as she drove away in her new car.
“It means so much to have the support of everyone here,” she said.