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Groups donate Honda Pilot to single mother

Special Photo. The Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair and the I-CAR Educational Foundation Committee of Atlanta donated a Honda Pilot to Family Promise, an organization that provides assistance to homeless families.

Special Photo. The Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair and the I-CAR Educational Foundation Committee of Atlanta donated a Honda Pilot to Family Promise, an organization that provides assistance to homeless families.

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Thanks to a donation from an auto collision repair foundation, a client of Family Promise of Gwinnett will have reliable transportation to get to work.

The Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair and the I-CAR Educational Foundation Committee of Atlanta donated a Honda Pilot to Family Promise, an organization that provides assistance to homeless families.

The I-CAR committee and Family Promise presented the vehicle Friday to a single mother of two children who will use the vehicle to get a job to support her family.

"I am thankful for the burden of a car payment being lifted off my shoulders," said the mother, who did not wish to be identified. "It is one less stress that I will have in my life."

Brent Bohanan, the executive director of Family Promise, said donations such as this are crucial to the success of families.

"Without transportation, families are not able to maintain employment. Without maintaining employment, families are not able to end their homeless situation," Bohanan said. "We don't have the resources to purchase cars, so donations like this are critical to the success of what we're trying to do."

The car was donated by Allstate Insurance Company and repaired by the Nalley Automotive Group Collision Centers and Malcolm Cunningham Ford. Parts were donated by LKQ/Keystone Corporation and Weaver Auto Parts.

I-CAR Educational Foundation Committee is a group of automotive collision industry leaders who focus on fundraising projects for technical school scholarships for students who wish to pursue a career in the automobile collision industry in Georgia. The committee is also committed to the education of students at Maxwell High School of Technology in Lawrenceville.

Another aspect of the committee's mission to work with nonprofit agencies to help the less fortunate in Gwinnett and in Georgia.