December 16, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information, contact:
Laura Beth Blevins, (765) 649-4902
LOCALLY OWNED BUSINESS KEEPS WITH TRADITION AND PROVIDES A EARLY CHRISTMAS SURPRISE
Riley & Sons, Inc. continues their annual Holiday Tradition for the 8th year. Riley & Sons has worked together with local businesses to provide a pre-titled and licensed automobile through their Benevolence Program. The annual program provides safe-reliable transportation to families in circumstances where they must rely on family and friends to meet their transportation needs. This year’s automobile will be going to the Kim Austin Family.
Each year several local agencies are asked to submit applications for a Benevolence Program recipient. Ms. Austin, of Anderson, was chosen to receive this year’s four door Buick Century. Program sponsors also provide for Ms. Austin a years worth of auto insurance, oil changes, grocery certificates, fuel gift cards, new tires, and Christmas gifts for the children.
Ms. Austin’s application was submitted by Amy Sturgeon of The Children’s Bureau. Ms. Austin is a single mother raising her two grand-children, five-year-old Star, and seven-year-old Blake. She is currently enrolled and scheduled to start classes in Ivy Tech’s Paralegal Program. Kim found herself having to start over in life and without warning took on the responsibilities of raising her grandchildren. The Alternative Women’s Shelter has been assisting Kim in housing while she reestablishes herself. Kim on many occasions has had to walk to take her grandchildren to child-care before she could pursue employment opportunities. “Kim is a genuinely invested woman, willing to do what ever it takes to provide for her grandchildren. She is resilient and motivated …but the lack of transportation as in most communities becomes a barrier to continued success. …Transportation for Kim would allow her to continue working and at the same time provide a safe environment for her grandchildren”, say’s Amy Sturgeon, Case Manager.
“Every year in the collision industry we come across many repairable vehicles in which due to the cost of repairs, insurance companies or individual owners choose not to repair. In many of these situations, with moderate mechanical and or body repairs these vehicles can be made safe and ready to drive again. The Benevolence Program, along with some very generous sponsors make it possible for Riley and Sons to utilize these vehicles and assist a family in bettering their daily lives,” says Dave Driggers, Co-Owner of Riley & Sons.
This is the 8th year that the employees of Riley & Sons join together to refurbish a vehicle for the Benevolence Program. Donors and sponsors of the 2009 Benevolence Program are: Auto Glass of Indiana, Wendy Gooding-State Farm Agency, Sheri Rigney-American National Insurance Agency, Enterprise Rent A Car, CarQuest of Anderson, Ben Coster & Jeanne Custer-State Farm Agency, Tire Barn of Anderson, LKQ of Indiana, and D Ashley Design & Events.
“Without a doubt this community has been very good to us. We feel that the Benevolence Program is one way we are able to give something back. I personally want to extend my thanks to all of my employees, along with a very special thank you to all of the other area businesses in our community that have pulled together to make this years Benevolence Program a success. On behalf of all of this year’s sponsors we would like to wish The Kim Austin Family a Very Merry Christmas,” says Tim Riley, Owner of Riley & Sons, Inc. .
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