Donated vehicle will benefit King’s Home’s girls home in Chelsea

FROM STAFF REPORTS

CHELSEA – Joe Hudson Collision Center, Geico, and Charity Cars Inc. all partnered together to donate a 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee to King’s Home.

King’s Home is fortunate to be the recipient of one of their pre-owned, low-mileage vehicles, and expressed their appreciation of the employees of Joe Hudson, Geico, and Charity Cars, Inc. who donated their time and hard work toward this effort.

“It is wonderful to see collaboration amongst multiple Birmingham agencies centered around one common goal, community service,” said Lew Burdette, President of King’s Home. “I’ve been with King’s Home for 16 years and we have never been donated a vehicle this nice, it is truly a blessing.”

Each of the King’s Home 10 youth homes have two vehicles: an 18-passenger van to use when the whole home needs transportation, and a mid-sized vehicle that is used when just a few of them need to run an errand.

The donated vehicle will provide the Pioneer Home, the benefactor of this donated vehicle and one of the King’s Home girls’ homes located on their main campus in Chelsea, with the opportunity to carry smaller groups of girls on daily errands such as school, grocery store trips, doctor’s appointments, dental appointments, etc.

The house parents are grateful to have a reliable vehicle they can us daily to transport one to three of their 8 girls (ages 11-21).

“This vehicle is made up of industry experts that have come together to give back to the community that we serve,” said David Garner, insurance compliance director at Joe Hudson’s Collision Center. “With the help of local vendors’ donations of glass from Glass Works, parts from Benchmark Jeep, tires from Chelsea Tire, and paint from Sherman Williams, we were able to donate our time and fix the car’s minor cosmetic damage.”

King’s Home of Alabama is a statewide non-profit organization which provides essential services to abused youth, moms, and children fleeing domestic violence. They operate 22 residential group homes on six campuses and serve all 67 counties of the state. But over the last year, they’ve faced major financial struggles.