Topeka, Kan. – Making it home for the holidays will be easier for two local families this year thanks to Washburn Tech’s NABC Recycled Rides® program. Two refurbished vehicles will be gifted at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 9 in Building K on the Washburn Tech campus at 5724 SW Huntoon St.

     Washburn Tech was the first college in the nation to participate in the National Auto Body Council Recycled Rides® program. The December presentation will bring the total number of automobiles donated by Washburn Tech to 32.

     “What an honor to have a tremendous partnership with Washburn Tech,” said Bill Garoutte, President and CEO of the National Auto Body Council. “We are very grateful for their support of the NABC Recycled Rides® program, and offer our sincere congratulations to Eric and Sharlene Showalter and their students on their 31st and 32nd vehicle presentations.”

     NABC Recycled Rides® partners auto service and auto collision students with instructors and professional mentors in the community to refurbish vehicles, which are awarded to individuals or families in need. Local businesses and individuals also donate parts and supplies to get the vehicles on the road again. Briggs Auto Body is t-shirt sponsor this fall.

     The vehicles being gifted this fall are a 2008 Toyota Yaris and a 2008 Mercury Sable. Both rides are five-passenger sedans that have been driven less than 70,000 miles. Recipients are chosen by a selection committee comprised of Washburn Tech students and facilitated by leaders of the United Way of Greater Topeka.


Ed. Note: Due to Covid-19 safety protocol, masks will be required at the ceremony.

Contact: Lori Hutchinson
(785) 670.2199

back to top button