Donation solves EDVP’s transportation problem

Eastside Domestic Violence Program (EDVP) had a problem.

Eastside Domestic Violence Program (EDVP) had a problem.

The Bellevue-based agency, which serves women and their children who are victims of domestic abuse, needed a van to help transport them around the community.

Kirmac Collision Services in Bellevue had a solution, a recycled Dodge Caravan that was fixed up as part of a national program.

Called the Recycled Rides Vehicle Donation Program, it is part of a community awareness project where members of the National Auto Body Council repair and donate recycled vehicles to those in need.

Insurers, parts vendors, paint manufacturers and repair facilities donate vehicles, paint, materials and labor to give back to the community.

Kirmac partnered with Allstate Insurance Company and many of their vendors to donate the vehicle to EDVP.

The van will give EDVP the ability to transport women and children in the community.

“I can’t think of a better way to brighten the holidays and make a positive impact on those who need it most,” said Leonard Lassak, Kirmac Collision Services, Regional Manager Repair Operations. “Our staff has been very excited to have this opportunity to brighten the holiday season for families in need.”

In addition to the vehicle, the van was filled with food and necessities by their staff from all 10 Puget Sound Kirmac and Thoroughbred Collision Repair locations.

“During these tough economic times, the number of women and children needing our emergency services is growing,” said Barbara Langdon, EDVP Executive Director. “Kirmac’s generous contribution will strengthen our ability to serve families in crisis.”

Since 1982, Eastside Domestic Violence Program has servied 96,345 victims and their children.