Monday, November 16, 2009

Belle Tire Partners With Collex Collision For Wheels of Hope Program

ALLEN PARK, Mich., Nov. 12, 2009 – Three years ago Collex Collision began its Wheels of HOPE program to give away restored used vehicles to families with transportation needs. This year, Belle Tire is donating tires, brake services, oil changes and windshield repair and replacement services in the restoration process of these vehicles.

In the first two years the Wheels of HOPE program gave away seven cars along with gas cards, gift cards and one year vehicle insurance, all totaling over $50,000, to families in Michigan and Florida. Through further donations and support of Collex's employees, vendors and area communities, this year's goal is six vehicles.

Wheels of HOPE obtains the used vehicles through donations by Collex Collision, charitable organizations, including Charity Motors and Volunteers of America, and individual donors. Belle Tire then utilizes its Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certified technicians in restoring the donated vehicles to a like-new condition to then be given to the deserving families.

"As a locally owned and operated company, Belle Tire is happy to be giving back to our communities through our partnership with Collex and Wheels of Hope" said Darren Mcgeachy, Belle Tire Auto Glass Sale/Operations Manager.

On December 19, 2009 the Collex Collision Clinton Township store will host an event to give away the restored vehicles. Both WDIV Channel 4 and WJBK FOX 2 News in Detroit will be covering the event night live. In addition, WDIV Channel 4 will be broadcasting the complete story as it follows around Collex Collision employees while they select and surprise the vehicles' recipients prior to the event.

Families and local non-profit organizations can find applications on Collex Collision's website to submit to be selected to receive a vehicle. Once applications are received, potential recipients are then narrowed down through a process that includes interviews and background checks. The recipients must have valid transportation needs, clean driving records and are actively trying to provide for their families.

Individuals and companies that are interested in helping with the Wheels of HOPE program can give a monetary donation, donate a vehicle, become a Support Partner and/or help with an event night ceremony. A Support Partner can give on five different tiers and will be acknowledged on corresponding levels. All donations, including vehicles, are tax deductible.

If you are interested in making a donation or donating a vehicle in Michigan please call: 586-493-9110.

About Wheels of HOPE
The mission of Collex Collision Experts’ Wheels of HOPE program is to create good will at the local level by uniting company staff, city officials and local businesses to help deserving families by giving them a “like-new” vehicle. Through the generosity and donations of Collex Collision business support partners and caring individuals and companies, “Wheels of HOPE” also provides vehicle insurance, prepaid gasoline cards, AAA road service, oil changes and more. For more information please visit:

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