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Local company provides Marine and family with a car as part of the Recycled Rides program

Danny Ziegler and his family pose with their new car at the Feb. 26 unveiling, which took place at Caliber Collision’s San Juan Capistrano location, 26442 Via De Anza. Photo: Courtesy of Kimbriel Marketing Communications
Danny Ziegler and his family pose with their new car at the Feb. 26 unveiling, which took place at Caliber Collision’s San Juan Capistrano location, 26442 Via De Anza. Photo: Courtesy of Kimbriel Marketing Communications

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Danny Ziegler, a nine-year Marine Corps staff sergeant with four combat deployments, had a rough start to his transfer last year from Maryland to California.

The Ziegler family’s struggles began during the move when one of their cars was totaled after slipping off the back of a tow truck. Ziegler purchased a replacement car that appeared to be in great shape, but it broke down just two months later. To compound their struggles, Ziegler’s wife was struggling to find work as a nurse’s aide in San Diego, and living with one income was putting a financial crunch on the family and their savings.

But the Zieglers’ luck changed for the better on Feb. 26, when they received a completely refurbished vehicle as part of Caliber Collision’s Recycled Rides program. Recycled Rides is a national program in which collision industry companies collaborate to refurbish and donate vehicles to individuals in need. Caliber Collision team members in San Juan Capistrano volunteered personal time to repair the Ziegler’s new vehicle, and local San Juan businesses donated gift cards and certificates to help the family.

“We hope this Recycled Rides gift eases the family’s transportation burden and serves as the catalyst that helps them get back on the road to financial stability,” Mike Bertino, Caliber Collision Vice President of Operations said in a statement. “We want to thank Danny for his sacrifices and service to our country and are honored to be giving back to a deserving member of our U.S. military.”

For more information on the Recycled Rides program, visit: www.nationalautobodycouncil.org.

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  • What a great recycling program! Caliber Collision and Recycled Rides take a car that would otherwise end up in a junk yard, put it back in excellent condition and give it to a military family who needs a car. It’s such a great concept and makes a long term impact on someone who has given so much on behalf of our country. Thank you Caliber Collision and Recycled Rides!!

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